Saturday 15 October, 10am-3pm, Rectangular Basket-Weaving

Come along and learn how to weave a rectangular basket with Diana Duncan in a workshop held at our Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre workshop, which is located upstairs in the former Boys’ High building at 28 Worcester Boulevard.

In this workshop Diana Duncan teaches participants to weave a rectangular basket from locally sourced plant materials, suitable for storing seed packs, pegs, cutlery, bottles and so on. We will be weaving around a mold to create a basket that measures approximately 27cm L x 8.5cm H x 13cm W. 


For best results participants will be asked to leave their baskets on the mold at the Arts Centre workshop to dry for at least two days.

This technique is an extension of our round basket and can be replicated with other fibres and around other forms to create baskets of almost any size. We will be using tī kōuka/cabbage tree leaves as these are such an abundant and multi-purpose material that we can find all around us.

To learn more about tī kōuka and how we work with it, click HERE.


Tangata whenua have been weaving with tī kōuka for hundreds of years here in Aotearoa. If you are interested learning traditional Māori weaving techniques, we also offer Raranga workshops at Rekindle with Ngaio Cowell and Kahu Collective. We can also recommend contacting the team at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa who teach a full raranga programme as well as other Toi Māori.

Masks are required for this workshop.


Diana Duncan learnt tī kōuka string and basket making from Juliet Arnott in 2016 and joined Rekindle as a tutor in 2019. In this time Diana has explored this materials use in a myriad of ways. Having studied fashion design and worked in clothing repairs and alterations Diana has always enjoyed creative design and problem solving. Her desire to tread lightly on this earth and conserve its resources has found a natural fit with this locally abundant and durable material. She has also worked with willow and is eager to deepen her weaving knowledge experience.

Bookings are non-refundable 

A credit may be issued if you are unable to attend due to illness or COVID isolation and advise Rekindle as soon as possible, prior to your workshop. A transfer fee may apply.

Credits will not be issued with less than 24 hours notice given. 



We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Creative New Zealand, and from Te Matatiki Toi Ora the Arts Centre.

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