National New Zealand Flax Collection
Manaaki Whenua is kaitiaki of a collection of traditional weaving varieties of harakeke (NZ flax, Phormium spp.) donated by Rene Orchiston of Gisborne.
The 50 harakeke were selected long ago from natural stands and cultivated by Māori weavers for their special leaf and fibre properties. There are varieties specially suited to making kete, whāriki, piupiu and cloaks.
Rene Orchiston Collection Catalogue:
A catalogue of the collection is available in a variety of formats:
- Free download - Harakeke – The Rene Orchiston Collection, 3rd edition
- Pre-printed and bound - Harakeke – The Rene Orchiston Collection, 3rd edition, available from Manaaki Whenua Press.
- Descriptions of the weaving varieties with images to show distinguishing features can be viewed on-line and downloaded.