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Sue Smythe


"I was fortunate to learn the rudiments of weaving from a Maori Kuia Connie Marsden who was part of a programme Te Ha oTe Oranga. She  taught me how to make  the usual 2 corner and 4 corner kete using natural flax. I was part of that group for about 5 years.


While I still continued to be part of that group I did 2 papers at Unitec under the guidance of Judy Hohia.  The first paper I studied was Kete and the second paper was Kete Whakairo.  I learnt how to read patterns and transpose that knowledge to my weaving.


Although I still had a love affair with natural flax I learnt about dying flax, I have continued to weave Kete Whakairo and enjoy using the traditional Maori patterns in my weaving.  Most of my weaving these days is in natural flax creating a mix of many patterns on the same piece.  However sometimes I do use colour to show up a particular pattern. 



I enjoy weaving and  have started a group of women who meet at our local hall once a week to weave. I have taught most of them how to weave Kete Whakairo. We share ideas and have been weaving together for many years and are now good friends."



Kete Whakairo - 2 Maori Art
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Kete Whakairo - 2 Maori Art
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Kete Whakairo - 2

Harakeke kete with star pattern.Dimensions: 29mm x 20mm x 8mm...

$375.00
Kete Whakairo 1 Maori Art
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Kete Whakairo 1 Maori Art
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Kete Whakairo 1

Hand woven kete whakairo.Star pattern.Dimensions: 29mm x 20mm x 8mm...

$375.00

Kete Whakairo 1

$375.00

Kete Maori Art
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Kete Maori Art
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Kete

Harakeke fibre.  Dimensions: 34mm x 23mm x 10mm...

$475.00

Kete

$475.00