Harakeke: New Zealand Flax: an historical perspective and overview of current research into future use
Harakeke has been one of the most economically important native plant resources in New Zealand's history. With the use of early technology its fibre was extracted and put to many uses firstly by Maori, then by later immigrants. A resurgence of interest in maori culture sees weavers in New Zealand learning older traditional techniques. From this, contemporary art is evolving and flourishing. Current research seeks to revive a viable industry employing new technology to make innovative products; creating economic wealth with sustainable, environmentally sound practice. The structure of this industry must support those at primary industry level and create continued wealth to ensure its long term viability.... [Show full abstract]
Fields of Research140209 Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation; 200207 Māori Cultural Studies; 210311 New Zealand History
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