From harakeke - NZ Flax, paper, plastic, recycled materials, other plant leaves . . . experiment with what you have at home.
Pictured above Kono woven by Soraya McConachy in Aotearoa NZ and Elaine Ogilvie in Scotland using harakeke (NZ Flax) and paper.
Woven with harakeke by Veranoa Hetet
Woven by Elaine Ogilvy, Scotland
Woven by Keri Thompson, NZ
Woven by Sharon Pollock, NZ
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 ensure you end up with a better finished woven item.
The basics and the nice-to-haves.