The preservation of Māori textiles: Collaboration, research and cultural meaning.
Smith, Catherine Ann; Te Kanawa, Kahutoi; White, Moira
Māori artefacts discovered in 1895 at Puketoi Station, Otago, South Island New Zealand, were re-examined using multiple methods to gather information of relevance and meaning to contemporary Māori culture. This paper discusses aspects of an interdisciplinary project including conservation treatment, plant material identification and examination of textile structure and details of cultural information thus uncovered. One artefact, the pukoro kete, or tutu-berry bag, is used as a case study to illustrate how knowledge uncovered about past material culture in collaboration with traditional owners can influence contemporary cultural practice and aid in affirmation of distinctive cultural identity.
Conference: ICOM-CC, Lisbon, Portugal
Keywords: Māori textiles; Material culture; Plant material identification
Research Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper published in proceedings)