Tall, bendy, but strong durable blades. Medium green with red margins and keel. Very bright salmon red at base of plant and inside the base of the cut blade. Has few, very tall kōrari.
A favourite whāriki harakeke in the Urewera. Rene writes "The 88 year-old lady who gave me my original plant was a very skilled craftswoman who had helped produce many fine patterned whāriki which have been in use for many years in the local meeting houses tucked in the hills of the Urewera.î Also a fine kete varietyódo not boil, but drag through boiling water. The roots were roasted on hot stones, then macerated into a very effective poultice for abscesses.
|Muka extraction||Medium amount of muka extracts easily and cleanly. Para removes effortlessly. Quality of muka strong.|
|Raranga - unboiled||Leaves harvested four days prior to weaving. Perfectly pliable and leathery. Lovely raranga flax.|
|Rene Orchiston||Katarina Tawiri||Rob Smissen||Sue Scheele|