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A GARDEN TO DYE FOR


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Isle flora yields a lush range of hues

By Nina Wu

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 07, 2014

~~<p>Hawaii has its own catalog ue of native and Polynesian-introduced plants used used to create textile dyes.</p>
<p>Hawaiian cotton, or mao, for example, can produce a range of colors from a lovely yellow to a rich forest green, depending on which part of the plant is used, according to kapa tapa maker Ka'iulani de Silva of Manoa. And the inner bark of kukui tree is used to make a reddish brown, while the burned kukui nut makes black.</p>
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Hawaii has its own catalog ue of native and Polynesian-introduced plants used used to create textile dyes.

Hawaiian cotton, or mao, for example, can produce a range of colors from a lovely yellow to a rich forest green, depending on which part of the plant is used, according to kapa tapa maker Ka'iulani de Silva of Manoa. And the inner bark of kukui tree is used to make a reddish brown, while the burned kukui nut makes black. Login for more...



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