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Polynesian Dance Costumes

Rika creates custom designed and hand made Polynesian costumes for dancers around the world!

Wearable Art

All clothing and sarongs are hand painted batik.

High Fashion

Unique creations made from natural materials. One of a kind custom pieces.

More about Rika and her designs

Photo of Rika by Stephen Wayda. 2016.

Services offered

Designer, Rika "Purotu" Traxler creates one of a kind Polynesian costumes, clothing and hand painted sarongs. They are all hand made by Rika and materials are found on her travels all over the South Pacific and Bali as well, where she travels to every year. Most of the costumes she makes are Tahitian dance costumes, but she also makes Hawaiian and resort wear clothing. Nothing is mass produced, so each piece is unique. Rika is inspired by the many islands she travels to in Polynesia and her homeland in Bali, Indonesia as well. Rika lived and danced in Moorea, French Polynesia where she learned about costume making at Tiki Village. Rika has been a life long dancer and currently teaches Tahitian dance in Ventura, California. She has a passion for indigenous cultures, costumes, dance and art and it shows in the detail of her work.

Coming events

August 11-12. Heiva San Diego Tahitian dance festival. Port Pavillion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA. I will have a booth there! www.heivasandiego.com


August 31-Sept. 2. E HULA MAU. www.ehulamau.org. Terrace Theatre. 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA. 90802. I will have a booth here!



MY LIFE WORK DOCUMENTED TO INSPIRE:

Interview of designer: http://sdvoyager.com/interview/meet-rika-traxler-island-mana-designs-rika-ventura-california-business-sd/


SLIDE SHOW OF BEST DESIGNS: https://youtu.be/xLRvuDFFWgg


FASHION SHOWS:


RAW fashion show 2012 in Hollywood: https://vimeo.com/87646132


2017 Heiva San Diego fashion show: https://youtu.be/zjriRaECwxs


2017 E HULA MAU, fashion show: https://youtu.be/zgC1_EhNJ9E


2014 Heiva San Diego fashion show: https://youtu.be/VXvX4w6h3Vw


How to tie a pareu by Rika: https://youtu.be/fFAGBesFKDo


GRADUATE SCHOOL PROJECTS:


Masters Thesis written by Rika Traxler. Clothing the Un-Clothed : The Evolution of Dance Costumes in Tahiti and Rarotonga. http://scholarworks.csun.edu/handle/10211.2/834


Masters thesis documentary video/Clothing the Un-Clothed: https://youtu.be/QcWs3x_akn0


POLYNESIAN DANCE:


Performance for Disney's MOANA movie at D23 where I danced and made the costumes with TeVaka, Nonosina, The Rock, producers and directors of film: https://youtu.be/CVs5UroLDuo


Island Mana Dancers: Performing group promo video. https://youtu.be/hQcF-M8yKbc


Performance in Bali with Made Wianta: https://youtu.be/MYrcRltHk2U


TRAVEL:


BALI 2011 video: https://youtu.be/r0XclGBnrKs

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Island Mana Designs by Rika

Ventura, California, United States

+1 (310) 598-0779

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Mon

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tue

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wed

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thu

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fri

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat

Closed

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