Making Kapa Cloth

Making Kapa Cloth

Students follow the steps for making kapa cloth, as the ancient Hawaiians did. They begin by stripping wauke, letting the bark ferment, then pounding it, and finally, printing on it.Students also get an introduction to the mixing of primary colors to make secondary colors.This unit was originally taught as an extension of the FOSS science unit on Liquids and Solids.

Grade 4
Content Area Social Studies
Key Benchmark SS 4.3.1: Explain the culture of the early Hawaiians

Art Form Hawaiian Cultural Arts
Art Benchmark FA 4.1.4: Explain how art reflects the life, culture, attitudes, and beliefs of the artist
School Year 2005-2006
Artist Momi Subiono
Unit Plan

GLO #4 Quality Producer
Assessment Observation (Social Studies); Questioning (Art); Work Sample (Social Studies); Checklist (GLO)See PDF files for details.:

Lesson Plans

1 Introduction to the Making of Kapa

The class looks at samples of kapa, discusses how and why the ancient Hawaiians made kapa, and how and why people are doing it today. Then students will each learn how to scape the outer and inner bark from wauke sticks, which is the first step in making kapa. The wauke will be left to ferment, ready for the next session.

2 Pounding the Wauke

Students pound the wauke into flat sheets.

3 Dyeing the Kapa

Students make olena (turmeric) dye and dye the flat pieces of kapa.

4 Stamping Designs

Students experiment with traditional kapa designs, as well as their own, then make stamps to print designs on their kapa.

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Lesson 1 - Introduction to the Making of Kapa