Harakeke, smooth and silky, has woven it’s way back into the threads of my life. It talks to me reflecting the light with opalescence. Flax talks of family.
According to Maori legend of the people from the Hauraki Plains, their knowledge of weaving came from Hinerehia. As a patupaiarehe she was careful to weave only in the darkness but through the trickery of the tohunga she continued her weaving into the daylight letting the local women learn her skills. That’s why they are now very careful to weave only in daylight, in case the faeries take back their knowledge.