Friday, September 13
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
We will create a laua'e fern design on an ipu heke 'ole, hawaiian percussion instrument. Ipu (gourds) play a key role in hula by providing rhythm and sound for the chant and dancers. The two basic beats of any ipu can be referred to as "u" (downbeat) and "te" (upbeat). The downbeat is played with the heel of the hand on the bottom of the gourd and the "te" is played with the fingers of the hand hitting the side of the gourd.
The pattern chosen is a fragrant fern used in hula lei making. I will also teach how to make cordage for around the neck of the gourd. This cordage technique can be used for many things such as wrapping gifts or sewing to the tops of gourds.
This class is for all levels of gourders.
I will supply paints, dyes and cordage material and bits.
NOTE: Due to early travel arrangements that Jelena must make to teach at our festival, the class cancellation cut-off date is August 1, 2019.
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