Ti Leaf Hip Hei
- 6 1-inch longgggggg strips of black fabric (long enough to go around where you’d like the belt to sit, aka hip-level ~1.5 times)
- 2 bunches of silk ti leaves
- a good amount of patience
- the ability to braid
- Cut the ti leaves diagonally into parallelogram shapes. The longer and fatter ones will make the belt puff up more, but you can definitely throw in some smaller/shorter pieces for variety!
- Tie a knot on the end of the fabric. I usually like to make a loop and then knot it so that you can hang it off your big toe (or a chair leg) to give it some tension as you braid. (The tighter the braid, the better it’ll look!)
- Divide the fabric into 3 2-strip sections and start braiding! Give yourself about 8 inches so that you can use the braid to tie it around your hips.
- Tie a knot just to make sure the braid will stay put.
- Fold a ti leaf piece in half (hot dog style/whichever way makes the piece longer) and add it to the braid.
- Cross over the leaf with your left hand and pull it tight! Then add another piece of leaf* and cross over with your right hand and pull it tight. You’re pretty much still just doing a regular braid, but adding a piece of leaf each time.
- Keep braiding until it’s long enough to go around your hips.
- When you’re done adding leaves, knot it off again, then braid the rest and tie it off.
*If you want a fuller belt, you can add multiple leaves per braid, but I was afraid of running out of leaves, so I didn’t. I ended up having enough to make a full belt though (I originally thought we’d only have enough to make half of one)! :]
And…just for kicks, here’s the close-ish-up of the armband and headpiece we made!
See what they look like on people! <3