Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Kete Muka


“The Kete Muka demonstrates the manipulation and placement of each muka strand providing an effective three-dimensional impression positioned in the centre, on each side of the Kete Muka. The black and white strands are elements of a traditional Maori garment known as a piupiu or skirt, to acknowledge the up and coming Te Matatini 2011 – NZ National Kapa Haka: Maori Performing Arts.”

Christina Hurihia Wirihana

Christina Hurihia Wirihana


Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Pikiao

(1949- )

Christina is a master weaver and has been weaving for more than forty years. She attributes her knowledge to many people, especially her mother, Matekino Lawless, who is also a weaver and has been her strongest support and mentor. Christina is grounded in the traditional weaving techniques but has moved towards more contemporary forms. She continues to push the traditional boundaries of weaving, using materials such as glass, copper, stainless steel, wood and Perspex.