My mum learnt to do taaniko weaving at Turakina Maori Girls school, and I can't remember what age I was when she showed me. It was probably a long time after I had first begun nagging her about it though. She had a graph book, and we used to look at patterns and adjust the designs to suit what we were making. I remember one time she had been asked by someone to make one for their Maori Warden cap, it was just squares and she moaned everyday about how boring the pattern was to make!
These images are drawn from Sidney Moko-Mead's book The Art of Taaniko weaving and the copy I have published in 1968 was owned by my pakeha grandmother, who taught Taankio weaving in Rotorua. She was also adept at many pakeha handcrafts including fine embroidery and tatting. The hands below are drawn from an image Rangimarie Hetet's hands which when I saw them, reminded me of the knowledge of the hands that was passed down to me by my Mum and Nanna.
I have added ink and water colour pencil's to the original etching prints, to highlight the intricacy of the handiwork and the designs.