Abalone with Historic Maori Fishing Hooks
by Patricia Howitt
It has been said of NZ flax, "It is totally unlike the Flax-plant known to Europeans, though the two may be compared in the strength and usefulness of their fibres. The farmer is never in want of a piece of twine with a flax bush growing near his home. He has merely to take one of the long leaves, and tear a strip from it, and he holds in his hand a piece of string that it is almost impossible to break."
Laing and Blackwell - Plants of New Zealand.
The coloring of the New Zealand Abalone or Paua (Haliotis iris), endemic to the cool waters of the South Pacific around Aotearoa, is unique. Acrylic on board. Paua, New Zealand abalone, fishing, hooks, matau, ika, hi ika, muka.