HARAKEKE FIBRE RESEARCH
In 2017 we started work with a collaborative research team of experts at Massey University. Spanning across the fields of art, design, science and technology, to unlock NZ native plant fibres & establish a sustainable textile and new material industry in New Zealand. Initially working with nonwoven textile materials of Harakeke + Muka fibres. Including the traditional knowledge and technological developments of Rangi Te Kanawa. Utilising the previous research and work of scientists at Scion and Agresearch. The development of this research is ongoing.
Authors: Faith Kane, Peter Brorens, Marie Joo Le Guen, Angela Kilford and Tanya Ruka
Title : Exploring a Place-Based Approach to Developing New Materials for Sustainable Futures: Natural Fibre Composites in New Zealand
Kane, F., Ruka, T., Te Kanawa, R., Smith, H. 2018. 'Weaving a Sustainable Future for Aotearoa New Zealand: Learning from Harakeke', Textiles and Place Symposium, 12 - 13 April 2018, Manchester School of Art, UK. (
Kane, F., Ruka, T., Te Kanawa, R., Smith, H., Kilford, A. (2019). 'Learning from Harakeke – Towards a Network of Knowledge for Textile Design in Aotearoa New Zealand' in Nature and Design Eds. Fletcher, F., Tham, M. and St.Pierre, L., Routledge.
Design and Nature: A Partnership.
Edited by Kate Fletcher, Louise St Pierre & Mathilda Thom.
'Learning from Harakeke – Towards a Network of Knowledge for Textile Design in Aotearoa New Zealand. Kane, F., Ruka, T., Te Kanawa, R., Smith, H., Kilford, A.
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