I use a three ring mounting system. This system allows me to leave the hair on the outside and still see the top ring and rope work. This is not only decorative, but adds considerable stength, thus cutting down on ring distortion, warpage, and slippage.
The rings are wrapped in various color ribbon, then woven into unique patterns that accentuate the hair color of the goatskin.
Incidentally, I shave all heads myself. No chemical hair removers are used. For Ashikos, deer skin is used with no hair.
Finally the drums are laced in the traditional fashion using finest grade accessory cord. This is the same high grade rope climbers use. It is strong and does not stretch.