Maori poi balls - Black, red & white
My mother taught me to make these as a young girl and I continued to make them while living in Hawaii and New Zealand. Over the years I've played around with materials and techniques and have branched out from the traditional colors of red, white & black.
Black, red & white braid
- 12" from the ball of the tassel (where you grip) to where it meets the poi ball head
- Good for adult short poi or as long poi for a small child
HOW TO DANCE POI
New to poi balls? Here's a great intro to the long poi from the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii where my husband and I used to work:
You can do a search on YouTube for "poi balls" to see other tutorials. Or contact your local Polynesian dance group for instruction.
I can make any length--short poi or long poi--depending on your height and preference. Contact me for special orders or color requests. If you are making bulk orders I will need a little extra time to make them.
If you are a performing group and would like them to glow under blacklights, let me know and I can make ones that will show up in the lights.
Poi balls were used traditionally by young Maori warriors to increase their wrist dexterity for battle and man to man combat. In the last 100 years or so they've been used for dancing and as a "drum." The Maori are the only Polynesians that traditionally do not use drums, but when you hear 20 women dancing with short poi you'll think you're hearing drums! Have a listen to a typical Kapa Haka competition in New Zealand: