Emily Schuster

Emily Schuster
Te Arawa/Māori
Ngāti Tūwharetoa/Māori
Date of birth
12 Jan 1927
Place of birth
Rotorua/Bay of Plenty (region)/New Zealand
Date of death
05 Sep 1997
Emily Schuster was a master weaver, recognised for her key role in the revisatalisation of Māori weaving traditions as well as in the conservation of materials crucial to this art form. She helped establish Te Whare Raranga in 1969, the inaugural national weaving school known now as Te Rito, at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Craft Institute in Rotorua.

The first survey Schuster’s work was *Te Ringa Rehe – The Legacy of Emily Schuster*, an exhibition held at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa in 2017. Her work has also featured in major exhibitions at Pātaka Art + Museum in Porirua, Burke Museum in Washington, and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.