On Friday, Room 16 learnt how to make flax flowers also known as harakeke putiputi in Maori. Below Coraleigh is showing us how to make these awesome flowers!
We learnt a lot about the tikianga (protocol) for using flax.
Did you know that...
- Before cutting the flax, a prayer of thanks may be said.
- You should not cut the leaves in the center of the flax, instead cut the outer leaves by cutting in a downward motion as close to the base of the leaf as possible.
- Flax should not be cut at night or in the rain or snow and only enough flax is cut to complete the project
- The cut flax is not stepped on or over and food and drink are kept away from the weaving area. Hands are washed after weaving and before eating.
- Weaving projects that have been started are finished and the first weaving project a person completes is given away.