About this object

History of use

Made by present day Maori women usually working in groups and employing traditional techniques. Contemporary basket made from dried flax. Used to carry objects when shopping or visiting or to contain cloaks or masks for storage in the house. Those made from green flax were used for short-term purposes, such as clam (pipi) gathering.

Physical description

A flat plaited basket with a rectangular shape. Made from dried flax leaves. Terminal edges at bottom and around inside 2 cm. from the top are plaited together to form a strong ridge. Two plaited handles are attached at mid-point to inside top ridge, one at either sides. Body of basket is flat-plaited; ridges are oval. Handles are round.