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A museum exhibit shows how fabrics help beat the heat

  • COURTESY HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART

    The water pattern on this mid-20th century women’s kimono encouraged cool thoughts.

  • COURTESY HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART

    A 19th century Chinese bamboo waistcoat provided ventilation and acted as a barrier between skin and outer garments.

Last summer proved to be so hot — setting about 50 high-temperature records in Hawaii — that Sara Oka, curator of textiles for the Honolulu Museum of Art, started pondering the question, How do people keep cool in hot climates? Read more

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