Amy and I recently took a class in bamboo stamping (aka Ohe Kapala) from master kapa maker Dalani Tanahy at the Honolulu Art Museum. We learned how to process the bamboo, carve our own stamps and then print on fabric using paint or dye. Its not as easy as it sounds!
These samples are Amy's -- she is much better at it than I am. She used Jacquard Textile Paint and stamped several rows on a variety of silk scarves. The idea is to make new designs by lining up each new row of stamping next to the previous row.
Below is a picture of the stamps Amy used. Some we carved -- most were purchased from the teacher.
The Hawaiians used this method to decorate the kapa (cloth they made from pounding bark from the mulberry tree). It is making a comeback these days as are many things Hawaiian,
We're hoping to have these available at the Made in Hawaii show in August.