Long Kete Whakairo - Mumu & Niho Taniwha


Handwoven Māori Kete by Kiriana O’Connell (Ngāti Tūkorehe, Pākehā.)

She has studied raranga (flax weaving) for the past sixteen years. 

All harakeke is harvested locally on the North Shore of Auckland, prepared, boiled and dyed by hand. 


Approx. Size: W500 x H160 

Materials: Treated Harakeke (Flax)  black and natural harakeke, no handles

Handcrafted by Kiriana O'Connell 


*Mumu patterns: represents tribal alliances and marriages

Niho Taniwha patterns: This pattern denotes misadventure, particularly to crops. NIHO TANIWHA or NIHONIHO: Which literally means — teeth of the taniwha. It is also the sign of the historian. In some instances, it represents the chief and hospitality. It represents also, family houses within a tribe.