Shona Tawhiao - Modern Taaniko and Whatu Weaving

 Taaniko and Whatu are traditional finger weaving technique of Maori culture in Aotearoa New Zealand. Used to adorn the prestigious kakahu/clothing and accessories of the chiefs and high ranked.

This workshop will teach the same traditionally techniques using modern materials to make contemporary art and wearable pieces. The main weaving technique is whatu or twining of the threads. Usually natural fibres like flax harakeke would be used. In this workshop silk cord cotton cord and threads will be the main material. 

We will be incorporating other interesting textures such as feathers metal and plastic wire’s anything you can imagine. By the end of the workshop you will have completed one or more wearable pieces such as small shoulder capes neckpieces and we will use the same techniques to make a wall hanging decorated with knotting and twisting of cords. 

All levels are welcome.



Residential  Shared $1120 + $80 International Fee

Residential  Single $1220 + $80 International Fee

(All meals included)

Non- residential $720 + $80 International Fee

(Includes all lunches, daily “facilities’ charge, access to all talks, extra activities plus morning and afternoon tea)

CONTACT DETAILS - PO Box 2395 Palmerston  NT  0831 © Tafta Inc 2014