Featuring some of New Zealand’s foremost Māori expert weavers, 'The Eternal Thread: The Art of Māori Weaving' celebrates innovation and development of weaving and plaiting as art forms in modern times while acknowledging the technology developed by weavers through past centuries.
Evans, M. and R. Ngarimu. The Art of Māori Weaving: The Eternal Thread; Te Aho Mutunga Kore. Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2005.
Authors and sisters, Miriama Evans (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāi Tahu) and Ranui Ngarimu (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāi Tahu) have written this stunning book presenting a photographic survey that traverses the concepts and values of traditional Māori weaving and innovative, contemporary weaving practice. The evocative photos and text reveal the spiritual significance of weaving within Māori culture. Several of the works in the book were featured in the international touring exhibition of Māori weaving, ‘Toi Māori: The Eternal Thread” based on an exhibition first realised at Pataka Museum in Porirua.
Ranui Ngarimu is an expert weaver and former chair of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa, the Māori weavers collective. A cloak she made with the late Te Aue Davis and named Te Mahutonga (the Southern Cross) has since 2004 been worn by the flag bearer for New Zealand teams at the Olympic Games.
This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.