Join Hazel for a holistic experience of raranga weaving in accordance and alignment with traditional indigenous practices (Tikanga and Kaupapa Māori). You'll learn the basic skills to weave a kete.
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Learn to weave a kete and harvest harakeke in accordance with traditional indigenous practices (Tikanga and Kaupapa Māori)
By the end of the programme students will have gained traditional knowledge and understanding of the procedures surrounding raranga. Students will also learn the practical skills associated with weaving a kete. If there is sufficient time and ability, we may have time to also begin weaving a kono (food basket). Students will take home an information pack to support their raranga learning journey. At the end of the workshop students will have completed a kete each; to gift / take home.
[The learner should always gift their first piece, in accordance with tikanga]
From August 2022: I loved not only how to weave, but about the traditional tikanga/rules around harvesting harakeke, and working with the flax. The small size of the class allowed you to get to know the other students and meant more one-on-one time with Hazel. Hazel was the best thing about the class, she was patient, helpful, and made everyone feel comfortable, even students with limited knowledge of Maori culture and te reo (like me). I liked learning the different techniques for working the corners of the kete. I also liked that Hazel was organised and had harvested harakeke for us so we could spend more time weaving. I liked that we got to take home a print out of the harvesting karakia, and also keep our craft knifes, gloves and rubbish bags. I liked listening to the subtle Maori music in the background that Hazel played when we were weaving on the first day.