The Science and Culture of Art - Maui the Kitemaker

Lesson 3 - Investigation Fermentation - The Making of Hawaiian Kapa Continued...


Students learn about the importance of fermentation in the making of Hawaiian kapa as they do the second beating that will create the actual cloth. They learn about new tools and their purposes and differences from the tools they first used. What is the purpose of fermentation of the kapa? Does it affect the cells of the wauke?



People learned to let nature help them do their work, such as fermentation in kapa making. By letting the kapa ferment in water over time, the kapa was much finer and softer then when it wasn’t fermented.