Echo exactly what blackbishop said. For me, the whipping just keeps the hammock gathered like I want it. The supports don't slip at all, and I'd feel comfortable hanging in my hammock without any whipping, knots, or anything else on the hammock material...just the larkshead from my supports.
I use whatever cord I have laying around for my whipping...usually 550 cord, but a shoestring would work just as well.
I've also used zipties on sub-freezing trips with no problems. I used needle-nosed pliers to tighten the ziptie and the hammock material hasn't slipped through. Hasn't been a problem yet.
Zipties are very convenient, but they're obviously not field repairable. On any trip, I carry extra cord in my repair kit anyway...any problems with the ziptie and I'd just repair it with a whipping. That's where a little knowledge goes a long way. Be sure you know how to whip before you leave no matter which method you use...even whipping may need to be redone in the field.
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