Meaning of tukutuku in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtuːkuːtuːkuː/


mass noun
  • 1New Zealand Ornamental woven latticework panels used for decoration, particularly on the walls of a Maori meeting house.

    ‘there is barely a patch of wall that hasn't been carved or covered with tukutuku’
    • ‘The artist's "The What Is and the What Is Not" plays with the binary codes of computer technology, suggesting the tukutuku of a whare.’
    • ‘The church was carved by local carvers, and local weavers completed the tukutuku.’
    • ‘The tukutuku were woven from pingao, a natural-coloured plant found in sand dunes, and keikie from the forest—an epiphyte that grows in the forks of trees.’
    • ‘The tukutuku were made by pupils in her Te Reo/English class, where art is used to teach other subjects.’
    • ‘A group of 43 woven panels—or tukutuku—were installed on permanent display next to the entry of the General Assembly Hall last week,’
    • ‘These tukutuku are a stunning representation of our culture and our country.’
    • ‘The class discusses the ways tukutuku are presented and how they convey their meanings.’
    • ‘In New Zealand, we are used to seeing tukutuku in our meeting houses.’
    • ‘One of the three women highlighted in this chapter makes tukutuku.’
    • ‘Along with others, it took her three years to do the tukutuku for the courtyard.’
    1. 1.1The Maori art or practice of weaving ornamental latticework panels.
      ‘her expertise is in tukutuku’
      • ‘New innovations reveal the clever adaptation of tukutuku to make fire screens, glass-covered tabletops, and room dividers.’
      • ‘Like many Maori arts, the art of tukutuku came perilously close to being lost.’
      • ‘His specific interest in tukutuku was such that he designed panels himself.’
      • ‘Tukutuku is a type of ornamental weaving using reed latticework rather than threads.’
      • ‘Traditional tukutuku is made from reeds set vertically side by side, with horizontal wooden laths lashed in front of them.’
      • ‘Find resources about weaving and tukutuku from Christchurch City Libraries.’
      • ‘Because of her spiritual and cultural relationship with Maori communities in connection with her skills in tukutuku, I felt there was something here to be shared.’
      • ‘Over the years, there have only been a few with enough skills and commitment to do tukutuku.’
      • ‘With a voice that has experienced many years of tukutuku, she says, "I'm in my late 70s, and at this stage it becomes a bore after a while, and your eyesight goes".’
      • ‘She has scaled down her intensive work with tukutuku and looks forward to spending one day a week teaching others in the art of weaving.’


Early 20th century Maori.