Tukutuku panels of traditional Māori designs, UNNY124G.01-.43, 2015, New Zealand

Tukutuku panels of traditional Māori designs

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Tukutuku is a traditional art from the Māori, the indigenous peoples of New Zealand. It is used to decorate where tupuna or traditional meeting houses, where patterns are an integral of the history and genealogy of each tribe.  The patterns in the panels reflect the relationship that New Zealand has with the United Nations.  The weavers work in pairs on either side of each panel stitching the materials together at the back of the frame to create the patterns. 
The patterns used have been developed and shared for many generations.  Some of the tukutuku panels in the United Nations Headquarters represent customary designs.  Others have been developed specifically for the new setting.

Location (Building): 
General Assembly (GA)
1st Floor
Donor Country: 
New Zealand
Artist or Maker: 
Weavers of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aoteara - the Māori Weavers Association of Aoteara
43 individual panels, 64 x 26 1/2 x 2 1/4 in.
Donation Date: 
February 12, 2015