Traditional cloth dyeing on Kaho`olawe
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.