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Dr Werner Kissling

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

"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."
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