IT will be a meeting of minds and talent when indigenous Taiwanese weavers collaborate with Maori weavers in a one-day exhibition in Kawerau next week.
Anastazja Harding, curator of Kawerau’s Sir Fletcher James Museum, has organised the exhibition, Knoted. She says the exhibition will feature Sayun Nomin and Aimi Isnanguan, of Taiwan, as well as Kawerau weavers Jacqueline McRae-Tarei, May Te Pou and Lisa Singfield.
Anastazja says the exhibition is a demonstration and sharing of cultural weaving knowledge between indigenous Taiwanese weavers and The Weavers of Kawerau.
She says the two Taiwanese weavers have been travelling around New Zealand primary schools teaching children how to weave bookmarks with traditional Taiwanese methods.
“I was in Rotorua and I met them by chance. I saw one of the ladies weaving and I got talking to her and we realised we both shared the same ambition to protect and sustain, and create awareness around traditional cultural practices. I offered them the museum as a platform,” Anastazja says.
“They are here to learn about New Zealand weaving culture and try to raise awareness about their own.”
She says the weavers are from two different indigenous groups in Taiwan. They would be presenting on the different traditional weaving styles they practice back home.
“The local Maori weavers are also going to be presenting and demonstrating, so it is a cultural weaving knowledge exchange.”
The exhibition will be open to the public from 1.30pm to 4pm on Saturday, September 7.