Briar Van Dort
Locally crafted harakeke (flax) weaving.
Briar is a born and bred Coromandel local. She grew up in the Motumoana Community in Colville township and has always been surrounded by weavers and other craftspeople, so it was a natural step for her to make a few things for home. That interest soon began to grow and she quickly realised she would need to start selling her work to justify the amount she was creating.
Briar has a great respect for nature and is constantly amazed at how a few harakeke leaves can be transformed into a beautiful and functional bag, basket or any number of other creations. it gives Briar great pleasure to think that someone else will find a purpose for one of her many handmade creations.