Māua Tahi: Ranui Ngarimu & Paula Rigby
Māua Tahi: Ranui Ngarimu and Paula Rigby
Exhibition: 3 November – 9 December 2018
The mutual respect of two weavers exploring and sharing ideas, concepts, skills and techniques from Te Whare Pora (The House of Weaving).
Traditionally a novice weaver was instructed in a restricted environment called te whare pora (the house of weaving) requiring strict discipline, protocols and ritual. Te whare pora today represents a Te Ao Māori model for learning the customary arts of raranga, this pursuit of knowledge being part and parcel of the maintenance of Māori values and customs.
Both Ranui Ngarimu (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mūtunga) and Paula Rigby (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahoe) have devoted their lives to the art of raranga. Ranui Ngarimu is a former chair of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa, the Māori weavers collective, she co-authored The Art Of Māori Weaving: The Eternal Thread: Te Aho Mutunga Kore with sister Mirama Evans, and continues to pass on her weaving knowledge. Paula Rigby is the current Deputy Chair of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa and has maintained a long relationship with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa as both teacher and learner.
Māua Tahi is an exhibition by two esteemed senior weavers sharing their love for raranga. Works will include favourite pieces from yesteryear along with new articles specially made for this exhibition.
Ranui Ngarimu will be in the gallery weaving on Tuesday 6th November, 10 am – 1 pm
Paula Rigby will hold a workshop at the gallery on Sunday 11 November, 1 pm – 4 pm.