Kete Whakairo 

Kete whakairo

Early Te Huringa I Period (1800 -1900)

This kete (bag) is made from finely-woven harakeke (flax). It has an open pattern of black and brown–yellow colours. The kete’s iwi (tribal) origin is currently unknown. The records show that the kete was lent to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel for the Croydon Exhibition in London, England, by C H Chapman in 1833.

The National Museum of New Zealand purchased the kete at a Christie, Mason & Woods auction in London in 1977.