Maori weaving workshop

Start: May 14, 2012 09:30 AM
End: May 16, 2012 04:30 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

Maori weaving workshop to produce woven wall panels for restoration of the Maori meeting house, Hinemihi

The National Trust is organising a series of Maori weaving workshops to help with the restoration of Hinemihi, the Maori meeting house at Clandon Park. The first of these takes place at the Institute from 14-16 May.  

Hinemihi is a Maori meeting house located within the grounds of Clandon Park, near Guildford, in Surrey.  Hinemihi originally comes from Te Wairoa, on the North Island of New Zealand, and her creation was commissioned by Chief Aporo Te Wharekaniwha of the sub-tribe Ngati Hinemihi.  To the Maori who built her, Hinemihi was a physical embodiment of an honoured ancestress of Ngati Hinemihi, and Hinemihi is considered to be a living being.

Tukutuku interior decorative woven wall panel used in the restoration of the Maori meeting house, Hinemihi

Tukutuku are decorative lattice-work panels.  These workshops will start the process of creating tukutuku panels for the interior of Hinemihi similar to those that were in the house before she was dismantled and shipped to Britain.  The workshops provide an opportunity to learn the art of tukutuku weaving, plus the origins of cultural elements and stories that go with this art form.  Each workshop will be for a maximum of twelve people, and applications will be welcomed from members of Hinemihi’s existing communities such as Kohanga Reo, Ngati Ranana, National Trust volunteers and staff, West Clandon residents as well as people entirely new to Hinemihi and/or weaving.

Applicants do not need to be experts in Maori culture or weaving, but they must be prepared to make the following commitment:

  • Respect for and adherence to Maori cultural protocol
  • Completion of a tukutuku panel for the inside of Hinemihi, working with one other person.  This will mean carrying on with the weaving once the workshop is finished, until the panel is completed.

All materials and coffee and tea will also be provided, but participants will be asked to bring their own meals.  The fee for each workshop is £40.  This will cover the costs of providing the workshops, with any funds left over going to the Hinemihi restoration fund.

Hinemihi, the Maori meeting house at Clandon Park

Details of the subsequent workshops are as follows:

  • WHAT_architecture office,
    Transworld House
    100 City Road London, EC1Y 2BP
    19-20 May, 9:00 am-9:00 pm each day
  • Clandon Park,
    West Clandon, Surrey, GU4 7RQ
    22-24 May, 9:30-4:30 each day

Interested participants are asked to contact Dean Sully to reserve a place or to find out more about the workshop series. This forms part of a participatory project to develop a community of people with the skills and knowledge required to conserve Hinemihi.