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Collection MHS (unaccessioned) Textiles
Description Kete was originally of green and natural colours and originally had two handles attached to the tops. The top corners are shattered where the handles have been joined and the handles are badly frayed; one handle is so badly worn it is no longer attached. The kete is a diagonal and chevron weave. Inside is the original colour, but the whole bag is badly faded.

"The basket, or kete, was woven from flax or cabbage tree leaves. It was used for the collection and storage of food and also personal possessions. Woven geometric patterns [such as this one has] are a modern innovation." [Source: New Zealand's Heritage the making of a nation, Hamlyn House, Sydney, 1971, volume 1, page 98.]
Object ID 0000.600.0019
Object Name Bag
Other # T4232
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Last modified on: December 19, 2014