Title: Taimana – Photo Credit, Bob Zurr

Artist: Charlene Fraser

Iwi: Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Rangitihi, Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi

Materials: Natural Harakeke, boiled and unboiled

Description: Original fine woven Kete Whakairo

One point of difference that makes Charlene’s weaving stand out is the unique designer 5 plait Muka handles.  Each Kete Whakairo has it’s own individually designed Muka handles which are one of the many signature finishes Charlene is known for.

She has woven Matariki themed Kete for more than 20 years, a trendsetter of technique and fine geometrical weaving.  The stories of Matariki are woven into the pattern of the Kete very thoughtfully where designs may be reversed or mirrored to create impact.

Dimensions: 380 X 230 mm


Charlene Fraser

Nō Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Rangitihi, me Te Āti Haunui a Pāparangi a Charlene. Charlene has loved weaving for many years. She has a background in tutoring Raranga. A fine kete whakairo and kete whiri weaver, her work stands out with signature finishes and weaving features unique in her own style of innovation. One of her most recent works is ‘Ka Whaihanga’, a 10-day wānanga she led with Mathew McIntyre-Wilson in Ōtari Bush which culminated in an exhibition in the iconic Futuna Chapel designed by the late John Scott. Recent exhibitions; Tiaho Mai, Kiwibank Paraparaumu Te Ringa Māhorahora, Toi Matarau Gallery Ōtaki Charlene is a mother of 8 children, and has passed on her special gift for weaving to them. Her daughter Shainey Moreli is also an accomplished weaver, a great testament to the skill and natural talent imparted to her as a child. Charlene’s love for Raranga shows in the weave of the taonga she creates with great appreciation and gratitude to the materials available and those her pieces are intended for.


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