Mahi Raranga – NZ Flax Weaving – the old art to create taonga (treasures) with our NZ native fibres such as NZ Flax, Pingao, Kiekie and others. We create kete, pikau (backpack), wall art and piupiu (Flax Skirts) but many things in between and above these. My name is Rita Baker, originally from Dresden/Germany – together with my husband Geoffrey of Ngapuhi, Ngati Rangi and Te Hikutu descent we started FLAXWORX.co.nz here in New Zealand.
After 10 months of full-time study at UNITEC in Auckland, I graduated with a “Certificate in traditional and contemporary Maori Weaving” in November 2007. Since then I have been attending various Weavers Wananga (meetings) around the country (including the National ones that are held every two years) to increase my knowledge and to meet other weavers. I have also been involved in various national and international weaving projects as part of a larger group of weavers (Karapiro World Rowing Champs, Wahakura projects around the country, United Nations Tukutuku project to name but a few).
I am a full member of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu O Aotearoa (National Weavers) and follow traditional Maori tikanga (customs) when creating my pieces of art. I have also a very popular youtube channel with online tutorials and refresher and teach classes overseas (mostly Europe) when I can.