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Dr Werner Kissling

Native plating Kiekie fibres, Whakatane River, North Island New Zealand

Description:
"Strips of Kiekie fibres (a root climber of the Pandanus family) in raw state are employed in making small coarse baskets as a substitute for the pocket in women’s baskets. Like all Polynesians the Maoris were experts in basketry and it is in the plaiting of baskets that Maori women derived the so-called “finger-weaving” or plaiting of strong fibres into close meshed fabrics for cloaks and capes in a temperate climate. Note the tattooed lips and chin of woman. The facial distortion and protruding tongue, universally practised in former times, accompanies the old woman’s movements."
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Digital Number:
DMPG291n
Creation Date:
1939
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council