Frequently Asked Questions
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What does Wavoki mean?
Wavoki is a Fijian word I learned while serving in the Peace Corps. It roughly translates to wandering around the village and seeing what everyone else is doing. It is a way to pass the time and be social. When I started my craft blog a few years ago I used the word because I felt like I was just wandering around and seeing what types of crafts I liked. Wavoki also seemed to fit because Fijians have a large number of traditional crafts which they still do such as weaving mats and making cloth from tree bark.
How do you choose what to make on your blog?
I don't have a set procedure for deciding what to craft on my blog. When it comes to clothes I make what I need or think I would wear. I also make a lot for friends and family as well as items for my home. I try to make things that will last a long time and still look stylish. I'm not into the latest trend or the color of the year. And you will notice that most of my projects utilize sustainable or local materials so that is another parameter I use when deciding on what to make.
How do you choose what to sell in your shop?
Natural and sustainable are the two words that guide my shop. I do have a few items that incorporate synthetic fibers such as fabric with recycled polyester in it but as a whole I try to promote the most environmentally friendly and local fibers that I can find.
What is your obsession with hemp?
Hemp is amazing! Entire books have been written about the versatility and ecofriendlyness of hemp so I won't go into too much detail here. I do recommend the book Hemp Bound by Doug Fine if you want to learn more about the incredible plant that is industrial hemp. But basically hemp is a fast growing plant that produces a large amount of usable material per acre without the need for herbicides or pesticides. From a sewing standpoint the fabric is much like linen and is durable, wears well and can be combined with other materials to make an endless array of fabrics. The hemp and silk blend fabric is some of my favorite.
All of these factors make hemp possibly the most environmentally friendly choice for clothing and home items. See my post on hemp coming to america for more information or read Doug Fine's book. I'm sure you will be as inspired as I am by this amazing material.