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"Twenty years ago, after travelling extensively overseas, my mother (Rita Pickering) returned to New Zealand with a dream. She had appreciated all the different cultures she had encountered and noticed that most had their own cultural form of weaving which was still being handmade in those countries. She wished for the form of weaving she had learned as a child to be more widely celebrated in our country. So, she went to work simplifying what she had been taught and came up with a method for contemporary korowai weaving.