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Te Whatu Taniko

Taniko Weaving: Technique and Tradition

Hirini Moko Mead



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Oratia Books
15 August 2019
Sir Hirini Moko Mead's book on taniko weaving, Te Whatu Taniko, Taniko Weaving: Tradition and Technique is recognised as a key reference work to this important tradition of Maori craft. First published in 1958 and in its previous edition in 1999, the book serves as a reference work to artists, enthusiasts, students and teachers . Te Whatu Taniko relates both the history and 'how-to' of Maori taniko weaving in one accessible volume. Clearly written with numerous illustrations and photos, the book describes the origins of weaving, its role in Maori society, contemporary expression, and steps towards learning the craft.
By:   Hirini Moko Mead
Imprint:   Oratia Books
Country of Publication:   New Zealand
Dimensions:   Height: 250mm,  Width: 185mm,  Spine: 10mm
ISBN:   9780947506612
ISBN 10:   0947506616
Pages:   136
Publication Date:   15 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Sir Sidney (Hirini) Moko Mead is a leading authority on Maori art and culture. He had a distinguished university career at Victoria University and internationally, has written numerous books, was a driving force behind the Te Maori exhibition, and has been a leader of his tribe, Ngati Awa. He was knighted in 2009 for services to Maori and education. Sir Hirini lives in Wellington.

Reviews for Te Whatu Taniko: Taniko Weaving: Technique and Tradition

The taniko technique is a specialist method of weaving predominant in traditional Maori costumes. Maori weavers evolved a method of finger weaving to construct geometrical patterns, traditionally in red, black and white, for use in headbands, belts and bodices. Starting with the history of traditional Maori costumes, this book offers a description of taniko weaving, its discovery and development. The author details the materials used, traditionally flax (Phormium tenax) and its preparation, together with how fibres were dyed. There is an interesting chapter on style and taniko patterns illustrating how this has changed through the ages. This is followed by a classification of patterns which are presented in draft form for weavers to use. The instructions for learning the taniko weaving technique are presented toward the end of the book. These include designing a pattern; warp and weft preparation; casting on to form a selvedge and weaving the pattern. The instructions for a sampler and belt are given in diagrammatic form and are relatively easy to follow. There are also ideas for adding ornamentations such as tags, pompoms and fringes. I found this book fascinating as both a cultural history and insight into Maori costume and an instructional guide to taniko weaving. - Jill Riley, Glamorgan and Online Guilds

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