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Traditional Yapese Grass Skirt

 

Let's see how to make a traditional grass skirt.

 

There are a lot of steps to create a grass skirt and several people will participate.

(Each step takes from 2 to 15 days)

 

First Step: Go to jungle, find and cut the right hibiscus trees

 

Second Step: Strip off the bark.

 

Third Step: Soak the bark in salt/sea water for 3-4 weeks

 

Forth Step: Check on it every day. After 3-4 weeks take out & get the softer hibiscus parts

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Fifth Step: Dry the hibiscus under a shelter

 

(Hibiscus is lighter color and dry in several days)

 

Sixth Step: Split the dry parts to strips

 

Seventh Step: Weave long and short parts:

 

 

(Prepared to bleach...)

 

(If there is not enough of the weaved hibiscus parts to make a whole grass skirt we have to start again from the first step...)

 

Eighth: Bleach the weaved parts

 

Ninth: Dye the strips in different colors & dry

(Each color in different day)

 

Tenth: Weave the grass skirt (the longer & shorter parts together)

 

Eleventh: Cut to length

 

 

Hibiscus Lei (part of the traditional outfit)

 

 

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