HATS OF HAWAI‘I NOTECARDS (8)

HATS OF HAWAI‘I NOTECARDS (8)

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Photography by David Franzen
ISBN: 978-1-58178-093-2
Date of Publication: 2008
Size: 5 x 7

Comments:
8 notecards + envelopes. With the arrival of foreigners to Hawai'i's shores, Western-style headwear became a novel addition to a native wardrobe, progressing from simple bonnets and small hats to more elaborate affairs. Initially, hats were woven from readily available materials, but as the art of hat making quickly established itself, new media, styles, and techniques were incorporated. There are two basic methods for crafting a plaited hat. Once the materials have been prepared, a hat maker can either weave the material together using a hat form, or braid the material into lengths that can then be sewn into a hat (papale 'ie) or stored in coils. While both of these general hat-making styles can be found in Bishop Museum's collection, each hat exhibits subtle differences in shape, design, and embellishment. Distinctive piko designs, found at the center of the crown, and other decorative features attest to an artistry that is uniquely Hawaiian. The images included here provide a sampling of the beauty and creativity of this remarkable art form in the Islands, as well as a glimpse into the richness and diversity of Bishop Museum's cultural collections.

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