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Papale Are Like Snowflakes

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Papale Are Like Snowflakes

Not in the socio-political sense... Papale are literally like snowflakes.  No two are exactly alike.   One can try to make a copy of a certain papale, it is pretty much impossible to ulana two identical papale.  The materials are actual natural plant materials prepared and ulana by human hands.  Although skilled and experienced weavers can have consistent tension and technique, they are still human beings and not machines.  Each papale is as unique as an individual snowflake.  From far away, snowflakes look alike but magnified under a microscope each is incredibly unique. A while back my FIL sent us a...

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"Grade B" Lauhala Projects

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"Grade B" Lauhala Projects

Wet summers and winters are better than drought. It's actually how it used to be before the vog changed our weather patterns.  However, it's disheartening when I have to throw away 90% or more of the lauhala I gathered due to mildew.  I usually compost all the "less than perfect" lau.  This time I sorted and kept the decent looking ones that I would usually compost. They're still good for weaving but not nice enough to make sellable papale. In the picture below one can see 1) dirt marks that will wipe off and 2) mildew dots that won't. From...

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