Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tapa Cloth Graces

A   L   O   H   A !
 Tap Tap Tap. . . 
These Hawaiian Ladies are 
manufacturing Kapa Cloth. 

“I was tired of seeing
 the Graces
 always depicted as
 beautiful young things.
 I think wisdom comes 
with age 
and life 
and pain. 
And knowing 
what matters.” 
                   Louise Penny

Pounding out mulberry bark 
to make the cloth

I hole ‘ia no ka i‘e i ke kau o ka lā.

The time to cut designs

 in a tapa beater

 is when the sun is high.

[Do your work 
when you are at your best.]

                                 Hawaiian Proverb

The carved sticks 
that print the patterns

" When 'I' 

is replaced with


even 'Illness'

 becomes 'Wellness'. " 

                                     Malcolm X.

 Drying & inspecting 
the printed Kapa

" To fulfill a dream, 
to be allowed to 
sweat over lonely labor, 
to be given the chance 
to create, 
is the meat and potatoes 
of life. 
The money is the gravy. 
As everyone else,
I love to dunk my crust in it.
 But alone, 
it is not a diet designed 
to keep body 
and soul together. "
                          Bette Davis,
                                                    The Lonely Life, 1962  

Read More About Kapa 



Thanks For Visiting, Friends
                                 Warmly, cloudia


eViL pOp TaRt said...

Thank you for this interesting essay on an aspect of Hawaiian culture. And exquisite statues -- the sculpture had a remarkable vision.

rupam sarma said...

Greetings from Assam, India
~ Happy weekend ~

Brian Miller said...

huh dont know if i have heard that malcolm x quote...ha...i like...

hope you have a wonderful weekend..

aloha from va

Grand Crapaud said...

Great sculptures! The Three Graces or the Three Fates?

TexWisGirl said...

how beautiful.

Charles Gramlich said...

I really like the quote about the Graces. Me too.

Cloudia said...


Beach Bum said...

I think wisdom comes with age and life and pain. And knowing what matters.” Louise Penny

Oh boy, I have found that to be very true.

Teresa said...

Super cool! When I was a kid, I had a book about a girl of old Hawai'i who learned how to make kapa cloth. It was one of my favorites.

Kay said...

These statues remind me a lot of the beautiful statue in front of the Hawaiian Village. They are gorgeous!

Elephant's Child said...

As I approach (rapidly) cronedom this post speaks loudly to me. Love it.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful craftmanship in the sculptures!

Rita said...

I had never heard of Kapa Cloth. Beautiful statues. :)

Merlesworld said...

Lovely statues as statues go but they are always young and thin, maybe we need some fat old jolly ones .

Adam said...

cool statues

Cloudia said...

Thanks so much! ♥