bring life to Māori weaving techniques
Anna Hayes’ ideal art piece is something that is practical and can bring an art form to life.
The Rotorua-based artist and kaiwhatu (weaver) uses traditional raranga (Māori weaving) techniques and sustainable materials like harakeke (New Zealand native flax), tī kōuka (New Zealand cabbage tree) and possum fur to create modern-day accessories.
“Every culture has woven for necessity,” said Hayes (Pākehā, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Rakaipaaka). “It just depends on what’s at hand and in terms of what you use.”
Her work is being showcased in her Apato exhibition at the Toi Gallery of Porirua’s Pātaka Art + Museum from now until early September, featuring items including ties, belts, skirts and even golf club covers.