Story: Te raranga me te whatu

Pounding flax

Pounding flax

This woman is beating muka (flax fibre) in the porch of a meeting house at Mataatua, Bay of Plenty, around 1910. She has placed a rolled-up length of muka on a piece of wood, to pound it with a round club. A number of whāriki (woven flax floor mats) are visible on the porch. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PA1-o-042-20-2
Photograph by Thomas Pringle

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Kahutoi Te Kanawa, 'Te raranga me te whatu - The art of te whare pora', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43474/pounding-flax (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by Kahutoi Te Kanawa, published 22 Oct 2014