I used my little stock of beads, cards and straws at first because I didn't know what else to do; but the need for them is past, for the present at any rate.
The wheat-seed for these straws is sown very thickly on comparatively elevated and arid land, and it sends up long attenuated stalks.
Subsequently straws are selected from the sheaves, and of these the pipes of the two upper joints are taken for plaiting.
Spotted and discoloured straws are dyed either in pipe or in plait.
Split straws are prepared with the aid of a small instrument having a projecting point which enters the straw pipe, and from which radiate the number of knife-edged cutters into which the straw is to be split.