Raranga Wananga (weaving course): Sat 6 Oct, 9am-3pm; Sat 13 Oct, 9am-3pm; Sat 27 Oct, 9am-3pm; Sat 3 Nov, 9am-3pm

We are so excited to share this opportunity with you.

This raranga wananga (weaving course) is being taught by Benita Wakefield (Ngāti Ira Kehu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu) and includes a series of four Saturdays from 9am to 3pm, for adult students who want to really explore and establish their harakeke weaving practice.

This will run over four Saturdays starting on:

6 October 2018 at Rehua Marae, and then 13 October, 27 October & 3 November at our Arts Centre workshop.

Benita will teach:

- tikanga (protocols) around gathering and working with harakeke (different varieties of flax);

- putiputi (flowers);

- whariki (mat, wallhanging);

- kete (woven basket) of different sizes and uses with a platted base and patterns;

- potae (hat/cap);

- boiling and dying flax using natural products; and,

- other techniques.

The workshops will be held at Rehua Marae and at the Rekindle workshop at the Arts Centre.

Weaving equipment that each student will need – we can help you source what you can’t find yourself:

  • small pair of sharp scissors
  • garden gloves – fabric ones
  • wooden clothes pegs
  • sharp cutting knife
  • old style bone-handled ‘bread & butter’ knife
  • big darning needle (not sharp)
  • a shearing comb, or alternative is to bang about two or three nails 1cm apart on a piece of board (we’ll give you more details on this!)

Pricing: There are 8 places in course @ $201.25 per person for the 4 x 6 hour sessions i.e. 24 hours of tuition.

There is also the opportunity to work with Benita on two other days (on Sat 20 Oct to coincide with FEASTA , and 10 Nov to coincide with the Necessary Traditions festival. Benita will tell you more about these additional learning opportunities once the course starts).

Please note: This cost is being charged at a rate lower than the costs involved in an effort to have the workshops as accessible as we can whilst valuing Benita’s time.

Rekindle is subsidising this workshop in this way because our mission is to create opportunities for resourcefulness, and there is nothing more vital and relevant to learn than the resourcefulness of Māoritanga.

We are so fortunate to work with Benita and for her time in sharing precious mātauranga Māori, and her relationship to the whenua through the taonga of harakeke.

 Bookings are essential and non-refundable.

 





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