Author(s): Leilani Rickard
An illustrated book with step-by-step instructions on how to make your own piupiu, the traditional Maori flax skirt. Experienced Totorua weaver Leilani Rickard covers everything you need to know - from customary uses of harakeke or flax, to the simple tools you will need to finish the garment. The colour photographs record every phase of the craft process and include a gallery of finished garments in both traditional and contemporary styles. First published June 2008.
Shortlisted for Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Non Fiction 2009.
Leilani Rickard is a weaver who lives in Rotorua and was taught how to make piupiu as a young girl by her grandmother. This is her first book, which she had dedicated to her own four granddaughters. Leilani likes to experiment with weaving flax fibre and has produced garments for the Wearable Arts pageant in Rotorua, as well as for kapa haka performances.