One of the most important classes we teach in Raranga (Māori Basketry) is how to weave a simple four-cornered basket called a KONO
Pictured right: Kono woven by Dara Barton.
Pictured above: Kono woven by Elaine Ogilvie in Scotland in 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.