In early New Zealand if you lost your hat you needn’t worry if you had a weaver in your party. Broad-brimmed hats, such as the ones shown in Walter Mantell’s 1848 drawing of a surveying party near Moeraki, could easily be woven from cabbage-tree or flax leaves.
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Drawing by Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell
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