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[Barley straw zori, Hanalei, Kauai]

Tasaka, Kenichi

[Barley straw zori, Hanalei, Kauai]
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L: 8.25 in, W: 3.0 in

Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii, unknown


Gift of Barbara Kawakami


1 pair of zori (slippers) : straw, fabric ; 8.25 x 3 in.

Slippers composed of woven barley straw with tiny white dot print blue fabric toe loops anchoring twisted straw straps. Blue dot fabric is also woven into heel of slippers. Two pieces of identical shape: right (A) and left (B) side.

This handwoven slipper is an ancient craft practiced in Japan made of natural bulrushes from the marshland of Hanalei, Kauai; woven by Kenichi Tasaka, 94.

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