Hala Related Projects - Future Projects and Getting ready for Inktober2021
This is a sort of tangent. In addition to ulana lauhala, I have a "print studio" called Kamahiunana Risography with an Etsy store, KamahiunanaRiso. So far I only have two sets of notecards for sale and slowly working on adding new items. Lauhala has kept me very busy. I was going to do a lauhala themed notecard set but decided to go back to a project I had started in the 1990s. It was sidelined due to teaching, grad school, life in general. My next Risograph print project will, hopefully, be a pa'u coloring book inspired by pa'u riders representing the islands. The coloring...
"Grade B" Lauhala Projects
lauhala Lauhala weaving Ulana lauhala
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...
Papale pa'ole Poncie Ponce style... not the original intention, but still super cute
Hawaiian style lauhala hat papale papale lauhala Poncie Ponce vintage style
Makaloa Update: It’s a Sassy Hat! - from konafarmgirl.com November 27, 2019
The Sassy Hat is an original style created by my kumu, Margaret Lovett, on Kaua’i. It’s a wonderful style, dressy, and yet perfect for bad hair days. As for the makaloa… Lots of lessons learned! First off, make sure your makaloa is completely dry before weaving. I did a LOT of splicing and covering of the broken pieces. Not fun. The papale still turned out pretty cute. I heard someone in Kona is wanting to hold a “Makaloa Festival.” So if they do, I’ll be prepared with something to wear.
When Hats Are Boring - from konafarmgirl.com November 7, 2019
Classic Pillbox Simplicity is elegant. As much as we try, sometimes papale turn out boring. Side view of Pillbox Top view of Lauhala Stewardess Hat While it is not good for the koana to be blocked and reblocked repeatedly, sometimes it’s worth changing up the first try. I liked how the Pillbox turned out originally, but as time went by it started to seem boring. Don’t get me wrong, I’m generally not “EXTRA.” I love classic lines. But this papale was plain. So I built up the nerve and attempted re-blocking it into a Stewardess Hat. It looked better, but...