So you can ensure the plant grows back healthily to gather from again and that you gather the leaves in a way that will give you the best weaving outcome.
So you know the best and most efficient way to prepare whenu (weaving strips) that are easy to weave with.
So they're even easier to weave with and to ensure you end up with a better finished woven item.
So can quickly weave something simple from harakeke or from firm paper or soft plastic strips if you don't have access to NZ flax.
The basics and the nice-to-haves.