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Flax Weaving

25 July 2014

Woven material

Ali Brown weaves flax or harekeke. She works mainly from her home in Sefton, North Canterbury but has done flax weaving workshops as far afield as Norfolk Island. In 2009 she published her first instructional book called Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax, and there's another book in the pipeline.

In a Radio NZ programme, Ali talks about how she harvests flax or harakeke, the different varieties of flax, and how she uses flax in different products.

Listen to the Radio NZ item 

Discussion starters

  • Technological products: Use this and other examples to describe the properties of materials used in particular products that can be measured objectively and that can be measured subjectively. (level 4)
  • Characteristics of technological outcomes: Use this and other examples to describe what technological outcomes are and explain how they are different to natural objects and other things created by people. (level 2)


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Keywords: flax, harakeke, materials, technological products, characteristics of technological outcomes

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