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Traditional cloth dyeing on Kaho`olawe

November 28th, 2014

I went to Kaho`olawe recently. One of the cultural activities we learned on Kaho`olawe was how Native Hawaiians dyed cloth. In this video, Mike Naho`opi`i, the executive director of the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission, explains how it's done.


Basically, we made mud out of a red dirt crater, put the items in, and let them sit for a day.


We went back the next day and they were ready. The final result was a lightly colored reddish tan.

To set the color, Mike recommended the items be rinsed in the ocean. He says not to wash other items with these red-dirt dyed clothes because it will always bleed a little.



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