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Akihiko Izukura textile workshops slated

January 10th, 2012

Courtesy Academy Art Center at Linekona
Textiles by Akihiko Izukura will be available for sale during a trunk show at the Ilikai. The textile artist is in town for a exhibitions and a series of workshops.

The Academy Art Center at Linekona is offering a series of workshops with
Akihiko Izukura, a natural textile artist with an international reputation for striking textile installations and fashion garments.

Through his work, Izukura emphasizes sustainability and the preservation of our environment for future generations. His guiding philosophies are “compassion for life²” and “zero waste.”

During the workshops, students will have the opportunity to learn Izukura’s techniques of natural dyeing, reeling, weaving, netting, braiding and twining. His dyeing incorporates extracts from walnut, madder, clove and logwood, with energy from the sun.

The workshops are being held in conjunction with an exhibition of his work, “Life in Colors in Hawaii 2012,” taking place Jan. 17 to 27 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 at the Academy Art Center at Linekona.

In addition, he will be presenting a trunk show, with textiles, scarves and some of his zero-waste creations, from 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Ilikai Hotel & Suites, 1777 Ala Moana Blvd., suite 2210.

One of Akihiko Izukura’s braiding scarves.

Here are the workshops:

Jan. 18
Braiding Scarf: Learn sun-dyeing and braiding techniques. Use double-dyed accordion
tapes of 100 percent silk to create three colorful strands that will be braided
together to make a scarf. From 9 a.m. to  1 p.m.; $125.

Jan 19
Netting Scarf: Dye two pieces of silk fabric, cut and net to make a silk scarf. From 9 a.m. to noon; $80.

An example of reeling fibers by hand.

Jan. 20 and 21
Reeling: Learn reeling techniques with silk thread. To start, students will construct a form from cardboard and plastic wrap. Silk thread is then reeled onto this form and starched. The silk sculpture is then removed from the form. A demonstration of reeling
directly from silkworm cocoons will be provided. From 9 a.m. to noon; cost of two sessions is $160.

Zero-Waste Fashion Design: Workshop focuses on sustainability in fashion design, using natural materials. Students will experience sun-dyeing with a silk tube textile.
The silk tube will then be used to create a zero-waste garment. Students should bring their own sewing machines or needles and threads for hand-sewing. From 1 to 5 p.m., two sessions, $300.

Feb. 8 to 10
Eight Ceremonial Methods of Dyeing and Weaving: This workshop will explore the theory of spinning, dyeing and weaving. Make yarn by hand (reeling, spinning and plying) from silk and hemp, then sun-dye them. Students will set the warp on original Izukura handlooms and experiment with techniques of netting, braiding and weaving. From 9 a.m. to ­ 1 p.m.;cost of three sessions is $300.

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Letarte adds luxe

January 5th, 2011

Splash News photo courtesy of Letarte
Paris Hilton, left, wears the Sychelles bikini, available at for $176.

Letarte continues to add to its celebrity roster, with Paris Hilton making her splash on Maui, photographed by in Letarte’s 2011 Seychelles bikini. Then, on a family trip to Maui, Denise Richards’ daughter Lola was spotted in a Petite Letarte tribal-print swimsuit.

With such high-end clientele, the sisters behind the 10-year-old, Maui-based label recently introduced more luxury to their brand, with a 100 percent cashmere robe as the first silhouette to the label’s Après Soleil collection, utilizing cashmere from Mongolia, which has been woven into a soft, airy tropical-weight fabric. It can be worn after a day at the beach or for lounging around on a lazy Sunday morning.

The thigh-length robe, with ruched 3/4 bell sleeves and a tie waist, is available in limited quantities at Letarte stores in solid taupe or aqua ($420), or in the brand’s signature taupe or aqua “Flowers in your Hair” print ($480).

Letarte’s cashmere robe. You can see how fine the fabric is, below.