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Tāniko (or taaniko), is a traditional weaving technique of the Māori of New Zealand related to "twining". It may also refer to the resulting bands of weaving, or to the traditional designs.

The Tāniko technique does not require a loom, although one can be used. Traditionally free hanging warps were suspended between two weaving pegs and the process involved twining downward. The traditional weaving material is "muka", fibre prepared from the New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax). The muka fibre was dyed using natural dyes.

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  • "Te Whatu Taaniko: Taaniko Weaving", Sidney M. Mead, 1968, ISBN 0474002608, ISBN 9780474002601
  • "Weaving a Kakahu", Diggeress Te Kanawa, 1992, Bridget Williams Books Ltd, ISBN: 0908912080
  • "The Art of Maori Weaving:The Eternal Thread Te Aho Mutunga Kore", Miriama Evans and Ranui Ngarimu, 2005, Huia Publishers, ISBN: 1-86969-161-x


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