de Young Museum Features Royal Hawaiian Featherwork

de Young Museum Features Royal Hawaiian Featherwork
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The de Young Museum in San Francisco exhibits beautiful and intricate royal featherwork, called Nā Hulu Ali‘i.

The exhibit runs until February 28, 2016. It showcases 75 examples of  handcrafted items made from rare feathers and plant fibers from the islands.  These 18th and 19th century works of art are being displayed for the first time on the U.S. mainland. Cloaks, staffs, lei and helmets made of feathers in compositions and patterns that express both beauty and cultural meaning will dazzle you. This is a rare opportunity to see this Hawaiian cultural art form. The above image features one of the items on exhibit, a pre-1861 feathered  cape.

More info: Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i

 





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Categories: Arts & Crafts

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