Ngaa Hua o te Rito: Fruits From Fibre
17 December 2016 - 2 April 2017
Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa or Maaori Weavers New Zealand is a national collective which produces and preserves Maaori traditional textiles. Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato is delighted to present this inaugural exhibition highlighting the work of weavers who are members of the collective. Marvel at a diverse array of taonga (treasures) lovingly woven from a variety of fibres traditionally used by tuupuna (ancestors). The title of the exhibition, Fruits from Fibre, was given by the late Te Oraiti Calcott (QSM) b. 1936 d. 2016.
Ngaa Hua o te Rito is a Waikato-based charitable trust of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa members established in 2003. Presently, there are 100 weavers involved. They hail from around the country and represent many iwi, as well as paakehaa and other communities.
Image: Artist Ruth Port with her weaving, titled He Kakahu o Papatuanuku.