A muka Pito Tie can be used to tie off the umbilical cord instead of using a plastic cord clamp.


Benefits of using a muka Pito Tie is:

  • it is a natural product (made from fibres of the rau harakeke - NZ flax leaf) which has no environmental impact, and is plentiful in NZ
  • it has it's own antiseptic qualities in the sap of the harakeke
  • it is not bulky and doesn't get in the way of changing pēpe nappy


Harakeke is harvested, hāro (extracted) and miro (twined) by hand to make muka (string).


For those wanting to purchase in bulk (10+) please email us directly at riwa@artbyriwa.co.nz


Muka Pito Tie (Umbilical cord tie)


    The muka Pito Tie comes in a sealed envelope. Store in the freezer until needed. Freezing the muka Pito Tie keeps the sap damp and makes tying easier.



    Wrap the muka Pito Tie around the umbilical cord twice, then tie a reef knot. If it feels a bit loose in a day or two, repeat with the remaining muka.



    Keep the pito stump clean and dry. Over a few days, it will dry up and eventually drop off.


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