Meaning of whariki in English:


nounwharikis, whariki

New Zealand
  • A woven mat used for sitting or sleeping on.

    ‘I am settled comfortably on the whariki in the living room’
    • ‘Many a night those times, when I lay down on my flax whariki, though I was dog-tired, I could not sleep, thinking over the past and dreading the future.’
    • ‘Flax is a staple survival plant in traditional Maori life used for such as kai, whare, whariki, and sandals prior to the arrival of European resources.’
    • ‘Weaving is the means by which individual fibres may become transformed into a whariki of many shades and textures.’
    • ‘As firmly woven whariki, we may retain our unique shades and textures, whilst deriving strength from the many fibres alongside us.’
    • ‘In her region, whariki had gradually been replaced by carpet and factory-made seagrass matting.’
    • ‘The plaiting technique is used to make whariki.’
    • ‘The flax fibre was used to weave garments of extraordinary beauty, such as prized cloaks, as well as other functional items such as whariki.’
    • ‘When this occurs, there is little place for uncertainty, and significant parts of the curriculum may go underground—that is, get swept under the whariki.’
    • ‘Whariki have been widely used in Maori everyday life, for mats to sleep on, or for special occasions such as funerals, births, or weddings, as well as for decorations.’
    • ‘Wall hangings average about $180 to $400, and whariki start at around $1,000 due to their size.’


Late 19th century Maori.