This pareu features our Hōʻā Ka Mauli Ola print on Sea Blue fabric with Charcoal ink.
Kupe'e is the term for anklet or bracelet. Making them out of laua'e, kukui, kī, or any of the various kinolau, the kūpe'e are the adornments for the traditional dancer of hula kahiko. Boar's tusks and shells are also crafted into kūpe'e.
In our halau, we seek and gather kūpe'e shells. During the lowest tides and the darkest moon, the shell emerges out of the sand and feeds on the exposed rocks. The kupe'e shells adds to the percussion of the dance. Kūha'o explains, "...at the moment we tie on the kūpe'e, the spirit is ignited!"
This fabric layout plays on both the positive and the negative parts of the art. Brandy-Alia pushed the design scale to focus on the tiny lines that make each kūpe'e distinct and unique.
Ignite the spirit of life!
The pareu is Hawai‘i in a wrap around lifestyle: versatile, comfortable, and limitless in its uses. What started as a hobby of making sarongs as birthday and Christmas gifts in the late 70's, grew into a company because of overwhelming demand! The two-yard length of fabric is seamed at the edges and rectangular in its finished shape -- great for use as a table cloth, wall hanging, or folded and tied as a carry-all. Strapless, over the shoulder or tied at the waist, the pareu drapes beautifully over a swimsuit, undergarment or nothing at all!
Fabric is machine-washable 100% cotton broadcloth.