THE Most Important class we teach in Raranga (Māori Basketry) is how to weave kono - a simple four-cornered basket
Pictured right: Kono woven by beginner Elaine Ogilvie who learned to weave kono (from her home in Scotland) following this online course - using harakeke (NZ Flax) and paper.
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.
The basics and the nice-to-haves.