Kukui Nut & Yellow Mongo Shell Lei
Handsome black kukui nuts and tiny mongo shells are combined to create this striking Hawaiian lei that you can wear again and again.
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COMPOSITION & CONSTRUCTION
Materials Used: Kukui & Mongo
The Kukui nuts are polished and sanded before strung with mongo shells.
Width: 1 inch in diameter.
Length: Hangs about 18 inches from neck when worn (34 inches long before being tied).
Durability: Extremely durable and non-perishable.
Instructions: No special care needed – lasts forever.
The kukui, or candlenut tree, was probably introduced to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers, because it has always been an essential part of Hawaiian society. Oil extracted from the kernels was used for lamps. Dyes for tapa cloth were obtained from the roots and green seed covering. Polished kukui nuts were sewn into leis. Because the tree’s products played an important part in the daily lives of the Hawaiians, the kukui nut tree has been designated the State Tree of Hawaii and the lei made of its flowers and leaves represent the Island of Molokai.
The mongo shell is a snail shell found on the rocky sea side in the Philippines.
|Dimensions||18.0 × 2.0 × 1.0 in|