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Taaniko: Maori Hand-weaving

Joyce Ronald Smith. Octopus Books Ltd, 1975. 96 pages

Taaniko: No tools, no looms! That discovery produced one of the author's first delights in taaniko, Maori hand-weaving that allows for great freedom of design and use of color.

Maoris, the original inhabitants of New Zealand reserved taaniko for the decoration of clothes, but this book is truly unique in adapting taaniko for the creation of wall hangings, rugs, belts, etc., as well as three-dimensional objects.

The possibilities are endless, as the author shows. Joyce Smith breathes new life into this ancient weaving method, and her book is the outgrowth of her discoveries and teaching experiences in New Zealand. The taaniko process is described with great clarity by employing a useful combination of photographs and sketches to teach, step by step, this simple weaving technique. It is inexpensive (no equipment is needed), immensely rewarding and adaptable, as pictures of the author's own weaving show, and it can be learned very easily.

Taaniko combines the flexibility of macrame, the beauty of lace-making, and the colorful verve of a primitive weaving. In many ways, similar to braiding, the weaver makes the rules, and the combinations of colors and motifs are endless. Taaniko also provides a glimpse into the culture of the Maori people, while the dramatic beauty of New Zealand is reflected in accompanying paintings by H.Lane Smith, the author's husband. Included are 115 black-and-white photographs and step-by-step diagrams, plus 17 full color illustrations of taaniko-as well as a glossary and index.

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