Kete Whakairo - essentially means Kete with pattern.

Well there are pattern on other Kete to but some are simply not possible to create in "normal" Kete - hence the differentiation. Kete Whakairo start their life different to other Kete to - flat on a table and inside out. The final result will only reveal itself at the end when the Kete get's turned literally inside out. They are usually woven in a much finer widht of whenu (strips) so they are by natura mor expensive than Whiri Kete.

Please enjoy these very few examples of kete we created over the last few months. There are many, many more so we will rotate the images on a regular basis - make sure to come back and have  a look at a later stage:-)

Prices range from NZ$ 100 to literally open end for very complicated and delicate ones - on average these will be around NZ$140-$220

For experienced weavers we have also created a "Kete Whakairo tutorial"  that can be found on you tube : 


PLEASE NOTE!!!! Colour: Most of the photos with colourd pikau and kete are a few years old. We used to be able to dye the flax with a American made textile dye that looked really good and lasted a long time but they changed their ingredietns and now it does not take on Flax anymore. We are now using a New Zealand made Flax Dye that has very bright and "out there" colours but they tend to fade rather quickly - especially in sunlight - so for items that are going to be used outside or hung in a sunny spot in your house please be aware that they may not hold the original colour for very long (in some cases not even 6 months...). In addition the most asked for colors black and red are not really stable  - they are more greenish blue or pink... we can't guarntee a specific shade of colour as a result and prefer all natural items ... As a result we do not guarantee that the colour in your chosen items will stay the way it looks when you purchased it - this is a official disclaimer to that regard.. 

SOLD: Large Kete Whakairo with RauPutiputi Pattern in Natural, Blue and Purple
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Please Note: The shells on the photographs on this website are examples only, we do not give any guaranty for using a specific type or size of shell as these will vary due to availability. If you do want a specific shell please contact us prior and discuss your requirements.


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  Please note: I do not claim copyright to any of the patterns used in my artwork - these are universally accessible through numerous publications.