LEADING EXPONENT OF TRADITIONAL SKILL
One of New Zealand's foremost traditional Maori weavers is Mrs Rangimarie Hetet, of Te Kuiti.
Her weaving has been admired at exhibitions throughout the country and has been a feature of successive Waikato shows. Below Mrs Hetet (right) and her daughter Mrs E. Barton are photographed alongside some of the exquisite work she exhibited at a recent flower show in Te Kuiti. The items displayed included a mat, belt, and a beautiful ceremonial chief's cloak, decorated with kiwi and kaka feathers.
Mrs Hetet uses only the old tree bark dyes, and fixes them in the traditional method with wood ash. She has done much to teach younger people the traditional skills of Maori weaving, which she also employed in making Miss Kiri Te Kanawa's Maori costumes.