Part Two: The Next Morning, Preparing the Lauhala Weaving

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Split the leaf down the middle. You can do this with your thumbnail. The leaves come apart at the midrib very easily. Examine each strip. Note that there is a butt end, which is thicker, and a tip end, which is flimsy and may be weak. Also note that there is a "good" side of the leaf, which is shiny, glossy and smooth, as well as a "bad" side, which is dull, darker, and has visible lengthwise lines running along the leaf. You will be weaving with the good side up, and alternating butts and tips.