Another article on one of this year's participants. As a seamstress, I find this article really interesting. I've made costumes from some crazy materials, but never plants. Wasn't there a Project Runway challenge that was something like that?
Hawaiian troupe's costumes are home grown
Ron Sullivan,Joe Eaton
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Halau o Keikiali'i gets part of its performance regalia from Hawaii. Raw materials for the rest grow right here in the garden of the APOP (Aloha Pumehana 'O Polynesia) Hawaiian Cultural Center, where members meet to learn, practice and make traditional food and hula clothing.
Traditionally, Hawaiian hula is sacred and hula plants - kinolau - are among the embodiments of the gods. The ti plant - "ki" in Hawaiian - is the kinolau of Ku, who protects against evil. The percussive ipu gourd is the kinolau of Lono, the spirit of fertility.