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Sewing a Half Mitered Corner

A basic sewing skill that we use to finish our pareu and pareu hapalua. The basics:1.  Hem is a 1/8" to 1/4" roll hem2.  Fold corner on approach (see photo) using a pin to keep in place3.  Carefully approach corner and plant sewing needle once you carefully sew beyond your pin.  Lift your presser foot, pivot your corner, move your pin to the back of your sewing needle, and continue sewing.  Pin placement helps feed dogs to pick up again.4.  ta-da!  Press your hem/corner

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Sewing Scrunchies

A photo tutorial. The basics:1.  fabric strip 4" x 24"2.  sew right sides together, 1/4" seam allowance, ~2" opening on each end3.  turn right side out - can use loop turner or kaula/safety pin4.  secure to opposite end to turn5.  insert 6" double fold elastic7.  sew elastic closed - overlap 1/4"8.  sew 4" ends together, 1/4" seam allowance9.  finish long seam, fold opening under 1/4", edge stitch ta-da!  tag us on your creationsSHOP SCRUNCHIES HERE    

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‘Āina Love : Our Fabrics : Modal

We come from this place and our love for this ‘āina is deeply rooted in who we are. It grounds the decisions that we make because we know that our actions today will impact generations to come. This is why Kūlua follows industry best practices for sustainability and environmental friendliness. What we put on our bodies - how it’s created and where it comes from - is as important as how that garment impacts our island home after. That MODAL… If you know our clothing, you know the buttery soft, so so comfortable, breathable and overall amazing modal knit that we use in our most popular ready to wear styles. It’s got a little bit of spandex in there to...

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About Palaka

Palaka's got a very special place in the heart of Hawai‘i. It's got the essence of childhood comfort, plumeria lei, and afternoon walks in the valley with grandma woven into its fabric.  The fabric was first imported for plantation workers around the turn of the 20th Century. And from this start, the fabric found itself a part of quintessential Hawai‘i life throughout the century to come.  My Dad, who was born in the early 40's, used to tell me that in his day they didn't wear aloha shirts. When it was time to dress nice for church or for pā‘ina, they wore palaka in the classic navy and white or red and white color. But, soon after, the aloha shirt...

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Print Story : w o v e n

We’ve turned to our woven heritage, drawing inspiration from our love of traditional lau hala weaving. While the pāwehe print celebrates woven creations, the woven ulu hala print celebrates woven origins.   Roots woven below, leaves woven above. The pū hala roots weave together and the ulu hala grows, thickening, slowly moving. The leather-like lau hala kū and moe in creation, interlocking with infinite possibility. Ulu hala nestled at the base of our mauna in the nahele. Ulu hala nestled by the sea in the one.           lau hala - hala leafulu hala - hala grovepū haha - hala treekū and moe - stand and lie, a weaving termmauna - mountainnahele - forestone - sand   SHOP NOW

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