Lauhala Bracelets—Narrow Medium
Sandy Yamasaki follows a weaving tradition that women have practiced for generations on the Big Island of Hawaii, her birthplace and her current home. She gathers the lauhala (leaves of the hala or Pandanus tree) locally and prepares them for weaving mats, decorative turtles, and other items enjoyed by both islanders and tourists. She washes and sterilizes the leaves, rolls them using “something like a pasta machine,” and strips the fiber into different widths. Sandy uses commercial dyes to produce the yellow in the bracelets, but to create her brown shades she uses the bark of sandalwood trees that grow on Hawaii Island.
These narrow bracelets are 1/2 to 7/8 inches wide. They are for a medium-sized wrist and have an inside circumference of 7 ¾ to 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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