January is Muʻumuʻu Month. I don't have enough muʻumuʻu to wear a different one each day like some on social media, but I try to wear one whenever I leave the house. So when we went to see Hamilton and then Muʻu at the Museum after, I had to doll up in my nicest holomuʻu... A vintage Mamo Howell.
Seeing all the muʻumuʻu, holomuʻu, and holokū was amazing that night at Hānaiakamalama. I confess, I fangirled-out seeing muʻu fashionistas that I follow on Instagram in person. The mākeke was relatively small, but the vendors were excellent.
Then weaving and lei hulu at the Eva Parker Woods Cottage. It was wonderful to catch up with everyone and see their latest projects. I'm wearing a blue floral "vintage" double tag collaboration of Bete Muʻu x Reyn Spooner (mentioned here) from DeStash Hawaii. Love Spooner cloth as it breathes so well.
I had stopped accepting new pāpale orders due to health reasons (not life threatening anymore, just really inconvenient joint pain/residual side effects that affect weaving with consistent tension). I'm also out of lauhala and in the process of cleaning/prepping a new batch. It's an outside daytime sort of activity - as bugs, coqui frogs, geckos, etc. reside in the lau - so at night I've been using leftover mauʻu for smaller projects like bracelets and purses. Although been asked, I'm not ready to sell purses. Since 2003, I've made some 260+ pāpale but only about 7 or 8 purses. They seem structurally sound, but I'm not ready to sell them just yet.
Above is a new-to-me Hilo Hattie's holomuʻu (from Etsy Seller BohemianImports) and a little purse I had finished in December. The mauʻu was "short" so the purse ended up less than four inches tall. I also included copper RFID shielding fabric between the linings. This cute little purse turned out perfect for carrying my phone, glasses, and a small wallet.
The last Sunday in January, the Four Season Hualalai hosted a muʻu event at their Kaʻūpūlehu Cultural Center: muʻu swap, shop, lei making, refreshments, live music, "selfie station" and impromptu hula. Agnes Terao-Guiala's muʻumuʻu book met us at the entry. I was admiring the gorgeous lei hulu.
Aloha Victor had Kauluaʻe for sale too. Above: Aloha and Cara.
Above: Raynette, Cara, and I posing at the "selfie station." I'm in a "vintage" but really from probably the 1980-90s Princess Kaʻiulani Fashions from Kauaʻi Vintage via Instagram. It seems these days anything older than 10 years may be considered vintage. LOL.
Mahalo nui to Ka'ai'ōhelo McAfee-Torco, the Kaū'pūlehu Cultural Center Manager, for organizing/coordinating such an enjoyable Muʻumuʻu Month Celebration. I hope it becomes an annual thing!
Above: The bottom and top liner pieces. Then hand stitching the top liner piece, with handles attached, to the main lining. Last night, or early this morning really, I finished another purse. It's 5-3/8 inches tall. The fabric is from Spoonflower.com, where one can order a design printed on fabric of choice by the yard. I liked this lei ʻilima design on heavy twill. Turns out, it is lovely but not as forgiving as the bark cloth I used in the previous (small) purse.
Above: The "latest" purse in-progress, the lauhala outer part in background, next to the previous "short" purse with bark cloth. Top view of the purse with zipper closed.
Below: The finished purse... Kikokiko (naturally spotted) lauhala was gifted from multi-talented friend Ben Heloca; fabric from Spoonflower.com; vintage bamboo shaped lucite handles from eBay; Koa heart shaped button from Woods by Herb; copper RFID shielding fabric from LessEMF; fabric interfacing and zipper from local quilt stores.
Then, to close out Muʻumuʻu Month, Cara, Raynette, and I had luncheon today at Papa Kona Restaurant. I'm wearing a vintage paisely Bete Muʻu from eBay. Raynette may be a new convert to vintage muʻumuʻu!
Now back to cleaning my lau...