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Artist Profiles » Maureen Harte

Maureen HarteI began weaving flax in year 2000, drawn by the beauty of woven flax kete, and wanting to recreate that myself.

I am inspired by both the process of flax weaving - the fascination of being able to cut raw, green, strong leaves direct from the flax plant, and totally transform them into a wonderful work of art, and by the finished creation - a glorious handmade kete! . something beautiful . precious . unique . natural. A product of the artists hands, energy and creativity.

I hope you will enjoy my creations.

A note about flax/harakeke weaving and Maori culture.

Kete is the Maori word for 'basket'.
Harakeke is the Maori word for the plant commonly known as 'New Zealand Flax' - a New Zealand native plant.
Maori inhabited New Zealand for centuries before the arrival of European settlers. Weaving with Flax / Harakeke was, and still is, an important part of Maori culture and tradition.

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