Samoan Hau Fibers
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Handicrafters, dancers, and artisans use the hau fibers for costumes, accessories, and creative cultural applications. Hau fibers are created by a labor intensive process. The fibers are made from the wild hibiscus plant that thrives in the tropical climate of the Polynesian islands. The tree branches are cut into 4-5 foot lengths and the outer bark removed.
Once this is complete, the inner fibers are stripped. One of the most common preparation steps is to tie the fibers to a support branch and soak in the ocean. This acts as a natural bleach and a way to remove any unwanted bugs. After soaking for a time, the fibers are removed and dried.
Hau fibers are made from plants. Each piece is unique. Fibers may contain small imperfections due to knots or other features that create unusual patterns or texture.
Three bunches of fibers pictured. Sold by the bunch.
Fibers measure approx. 3 in. wide by 4 ft. in length.