Art of weaving is kept alive

Old school: Tamara Jane Rikiti, back left, with students during a two-day weaving workshop last week.
Old school: Tamara Jane Rikiti, back left, with students during a two-day weaving workshop last week.

Generations came together two weeks ago to learn about traditional Maori weaving with master weaver Tamara Jane Rikiti.

The workshop was made possible by the Creative Communities Scheme and Tamara Jane said the involvement of the younger generation was great, because this was the way to pass on knowledge and keep the traditional arts alive.

Over the course of the two days, students were given an introduction to the art of taniko - weaving, learning how to get the fibre from flax using a mussel shell, casting on and off, and mastering the basic skills of weaving.

The success of the workshop, which attracted about 20 people at various stages, has meant it will continue each Wednesday.

The aim is to create a traditional korowai, or cloak, using traditional materials which will be coloured with dye from tree bark.

Kaikoura Star