Kiwi/American translation, please... "kete"??
and "flax" is harakeke or phormium tenax. within the species there are at least 250 odd known cultivars which have been used to weaving forever. nelson's fleet sailed on harakeke rope way back. yet you can also make a lace collar with the fibre if you get the right cultivar. here is a pic. this is the harakeke at punakaiki or the pancake rocks on the west coast. it's like kevlar to weave with so you'd need to be keen