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Lauhala Bracelets—Large

  • 2450

The Big Island of Hawaii is known for products made from lauhala (the leaves of the hala or Pandanus tree). Sandy Yamasaki is a native of the Big Island who decided to learn this craft tradition. She gathers her lauhala when it is dry but still attached to the tree. Then she washes and sterilizes the leaves, rolls them using “something like a pasta machine,” and strips the fiber into different widths. Sandy made a dye using the bark of sandalwood trees growing on the Big Island to create the brown colors on these bracelets. The lighter shades of tan are the natural colors of lauhala leaves.

These bracelets have a narrow width (1/2 to 7/8 in wide). They will fit someone with a medium-sized wrist. Their inner circumference measurement is between 8 3/8 and 8 3/4 in.

To find out what size bracelet you need, fold your thumb and little finger into your palm with fingers extended (as your hand would be when inserting it into the bracelet). Then measure around the largest part of your hand. This will be the size (inside circumference) of the bracelet you will need. You may select a bracelet design (designated by letter) with its inner circumference (number of inches) from the choices offered.

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