Inspired by the design of a “Haku Lei,” this entry is crafted through the braiding of a trash bag, used gift bags, and schematic renderings on trace paper. In the spirit of using repurposed materials, this lei takes common place scraps and combines them together using a weaving and twisting technique. In the execution of the weave, the lei gives the disparate materials a new identity, fit to adorn a person’s head. The interspersed elements are unified in a play between shades of green and white, which transform trash into an artistic composition.
This design demonstrates a simple craft method to change unwanted materials into a desirable object. The design makes use of as much of the original material as possible even utilizing the string handles of the gift bags in the knot element of the lei. In keeping the integrity of materials used, the interpretation of the “Haku Lei” utilizes no glue or tape, but simply lashes individually cut leaves together in a braid formed from a common trash bag. Through a weave design, the lei brings together sustainable intentions, a notion of beauty, and a re-evaluation of waste material.