Kōrero: Flax and flax working

Sample of flax cloth

Sample of flax cloth

This very old piece of cloth is woven from New Zealand flax fibre (muka). It was sent from New Zealand to Australia in 1829, at a time Sydney merchants were very interested in muka as an item of trade. The fibre was prepared in New Zealand and exported to Sydney, where it was re-exported to Britain at a profit. The flax trade peaked in the early 1830s.

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National Library of Australia
Reference: nla.pic-an3202598

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Flax and flax working - The early flax trade', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/10405/sample-of-flax-cloth (accessed 29 September 2020)

He kōrero nā Nancy Swarbrick, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007