Palaka : brother, sister & mother
I am interested in those links, those links that became invisible today as they are fascinating.Working daily surrounded by my work gives me another prospective about them. Palaka, probably one of the most historic fabric concerning the immigration in Hawai'i along the invention of Aloha shirt with Kimono fabrics. They are not Hawai'ian fabrics yet they are very important to the history of plantation period that marked Hawai'i. As a child who partly grew up in the 80's in Japan, we were quite into the fabrics, that we called Gingham check. ( Malaysian word with english word.) this fabric is called Vichy and was popularized with the industrialization in 19th and also 20th century. It is a fabric that we see all the time in packaging of aliments yet don't give much value to it. When I see the girls in the 1950's in Hawai'i still wearing a dress made out Palaka, somewhere it makes me directly think of the workers in the plantations.
This over laps with the idea of family. As the society had changed rapidly from industrialization, the family became smaller and smaller. When we were growing up we were in the period of the nuclear family and now I guess family are mainly restructured or non existent. The family structure changed as our society had changed. I am curious of the notion of family. What does it mean today? these two important elements that may had been the norm centuries ago is a mystery of today.
Little more on Palaka, https://hawaiipalaka.wordpress.com/
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