Guess who made these Hawaiian Leis?
Yes, yours truly, with a Hawaiian Lei needle, bought many years ago from a shop in Hawaii, as you do. With the culture of Lei making so strong, lei needles are easily accessible at your local general store. I knew it would come in handy one day, it was just a matter of time.
Quality fake frangipanis aren’t cheap in old Sydney Town, and when you layer them on, it takes many packets to complete a lei as thick as these beauties.
Sample one: Add more white!
Sample two: Add more white!
Sample Three: Thats what I’m talking about!
…now add some of that grass looking leaf…
As a costume maker, by the time someone gets to my workshop, its because what they want can’t be found, therefore it needs to be made. And since it can’t be found, often there’s no reference either, and so we’re creating something new and eye catching. Samples often need to be made before fixing on the final output.
How gorgeous are they!
This exercise reminded me of the days we used to make our costumes before our dancing show, with our group “Pasifika Sway” plaiting leaves into skirts and hair pieces. Such fun.
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