Pamela collects kete.
These two are the first of her collection. Both from the Museum Shop, circa 1987. They were made at Te Hapua, and we think by the same woman, Saana Murray. We also had several in the Shop by Neta Parone. Note the strong circular handles on one of them. There were several made like this and I owned one very large one. This circular type handle makes the kete serviceable and strong. By now these have a beautiful golden sheen. We also liked the thickness of the harakeke.
These two are also older. I’ll have to ask Pamela to describe these and their makers. I like the varied patterning on the larger one.
The quartet includes a kete from Vanuatu and another plain harakeke on the right. It also has those circular handles and that lovely thick lip.
You’ll have realised by now that I did not do any proper research, just went for the visual idea. So here’s some more of the collection and I’ll have to ask Pamela to provide more details so that the names of these weavers are kept alive for us.
And I think we need something else – a digital story, a movie, a digital book? An exhibition? But we made a start! Thanks heaps, P.