Originally Posted by Pinocchio
The Theretos ( colar made of dog hair and feathers ) where attached by tight rapping, never secured with holes like on this one .
It must be something else ... Thanks for trying ;-)
Indeed. All Thereto I have seen are wrapping of several different kinds of fabric or twine, many with this area of the upoko completely covered by the Thereto.
Given the shape of the Taiaha's upoko and that the Thereto very often slips, and that these holes are not common features, perhaps the individual who owned it went to such troubles to secure the collar so it did not look like this one pictured...