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Lauhala Bracelets—Small

  • 2450

These bracelets are made like little basketry rings. Sandy Yamasaki follows the tradition long practiced by women on the Big Island of Hawaii—weaving with “lauhala” (the leaves of the hala or Pandanus tree). She gathers the leaves then washes and sterilizes them. She next rolls them using “something like a pasta machine,” and strips the leaf fibers into different widths. Sandy uses commercial dyes to produce the pinks and blues in the bracelets, but to create her brown shades she uses the bark of sandalwood trees that grow on Hawaii Island. Mostly she uses undyed lauhala fiber.

The bracelets in this group are 1/2 to 5/8 inches wide. They are for a small-sized wrist and have an inside circumference of 6 to 73/8 inches. 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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