Pa'u Skirt Printing Workshop
Almonte Clubhouse, Mill Valley , California, USA, September 26, 1999.
Produced by Hula On! Productions.
If you're wondering where we get our hula costumes, we print the fabric
and sew them ourselves!
our main 'Olapa costume the Original Red Dirt Shirt Company graciously
agreed to dye our fabric with real red dirt from Kauai. The result was
a fabric that has incredible body and (of course) energy from ka'aina
- the land!
we first touched the fabric the essence of the land shot through us.
nut oil was the main base for printing the kapa in ancient times and
we got ours from Oils of Aloha on O'ahu.
For this workshop, we used a whopping one and one half gallons of kukui
make our "black paint" we burned our old leis from past performances
and mixed the ashes with the kukui nut oil.
Here, Pua (right) and daughter Ashley use some of the many stencils
made for the workshop by Windie, Nancy, and Stephanie. Some of the stencils
were made in the traditional fashion by carving the patterns onto bamboo.
is Kumu's Kihei.
For the basic design, we started with a standard of three lines at the
bottom of the skirt. The line at the bottom of the skirt represents
"Ka 'aina (the land and all life that it contains). The line toward
the top of the skirt represents Ka lani (the heavens: where our inspiration
and guidance comes from). The line in between represents Ka halau (us:
who breathe life into our culture with each dance).
the balance of the design, each dancer had total freedom to express
their individual feelings and energy for hula, telling their own story.
Here Shirley applies her design.
The finished product.
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