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Hawaiian Feather Cloaks

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Hawaiian feather cloaks In the early 19th century, the Hawaiian high ranked male wore feather cloaks which reflected their social status. Such cloaks were called 'ahu'ula, or "red garments". The cloaks required technical perfection, bird selection, a gathering of feathers and attachment of feathers on netting made of fibers. The elegant cloaks were made of red and yellow feathers. The red feathers are from the 'i'iwi bird while yellow feathers from the 'o'o and mamo birds, which are also now extinct.These feather cloaks require a woven netting techniques and evasive recourse. The local birds can only provide six or seven suitable feathers as a result; feathers from hundreds and thousands of birds were required for each cloak covered in approximately
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