Kia ora Everybody,
I hope you are all well and had a great time during the holiday period. We have been so blessed the past couple weeks to have had such beautiful weather here in Gisborne and it is great to be getting back into the mahi.
During the second week of the holidaes a Weaving Wananga was run through EIT – Tairawhiti and Toihoukura for a period of four days. My associates Ani Leach, Toni Sadlier and myself were left to oversee, teach and organise our workload for this occasion. It was a great challenge which we thoroughly enjoyed, sharing knowledge and supporting new ones to acquire new skills in the area of Raranga (Weaving).
The day started with introducing ourselves, set up, viewing of Maia Gallery – to introduce students to natural resources other than harakeke (flax) as well as tikanga (protocol) of harvesting flax, karakia and then into prepping whenu (stips) for kete – in this case the ‘kono’ – 2 cornered kai kete. They also prepped another lot of whenu to dye the next morning for kete.
Once the prep was done the first part of making the kete began – the laying of the ‘Papa’ (base). From here the corners were built, then the sides and finished at the top in many different ways. It was lovely to see the variety in size and shape and the creative side in each one expressed.
Check out my next blogs to see what happened after this. Hope you enjoy.