Māori have always selected different types of flax and grown them in plantations known as pā harakeke. These cultivars have names, and are used for various purposes. Clockwise from top left: the muka (fibre) of ‘Kōhunga’ is prized for fine cloaks; ‘Ngaro’ has long, strong leaves that are ideal for piupiu (skirts); ‘Paoa’ dries to a bright yellow, good for making patterns in mats and baskets; ‘Oue’ makes very strong kete (baskets).
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