January 31, 2020
Lifetime of raranga in Dowse show
More than half a century of weaving experience will be on display when work by 91-year old weaver Matekino Lawless goes on display next week.
The exhibition at Lower Hutt’s Dowse Art Museum features kākahu, whāriki and kete woven in a variety of materials including harakeke, pingao and kiekie.
Mrs Lawless took up raranga her 30s and became one of the earliest advocates for the revival of the tradition.
The Queen’s Service Medial holder says sharing her skills with others fills her with joy, and she goes along to support any weaving initiative that is set up.
"It makes me so happy to see the young ones coming through these wananga that we have. It's just magic!" she says.
Matekino Lawless is set to celebrate her 92nd birthday on February 18 while the exhibition is on.
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