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Stories from the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

Stories from the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

art grows on the trees at Shangri La

Bright purple round berries sit in a white ceramic bowl on top of a table covered in brown paper.

These ‘uki‘uki (Hawaiian lily) berries were collected on the museum grounds. Our 2023 Artist-in-Residence, Sherin Guirguis, used some of these ‘uki‘uki berries in her ink making workshop with students from the community. 

A hand holding a glass beaker pours grey-purple colored ink into small glass bottles with cork stoppers. The bottles are on a brown paper covered table.

These bright-purple berries have been traditionally used to dye kapa fabric, a traditional Hawaiian cloth made of bark. And they are growing right here on the grounds of Shangri La. 

PS: April was Native Hawaiian Plant month. Check out all the amazing plants here.

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