Poi may mean "a ball on a cord", but it means so much more to all that use them.
Discover all about Poi from the Home of Poi.

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All Fabric Poi

Poi? What is Poi? POI is one of the best things you can ever discover AND the Maori word for 'ball on a cord.'

History of Poi

The POI was used, many years ago, by the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand to increase their flexibility and strength in their hands and arms as well as improving coordination.

Wahine (female) dancers perform the Maori Poi, a dance performed with balls attached to flax strings, swung rhythmically. The Maori women initially used the Poi Dance for keeping their hands flexible for weaving and by the men for strength and coordination required during battle.

Types of Fabric Poi and Practice Poi

The above Fabric Poi and Practice Poi are more thought of as International Poi Hand made Cheap Poi using a variety of modern fabrics and lasting materials.

This section excludes Fire Poi and Led Poi which gets listed as a separate category because there are so many options and designs.

Best poi for beginners

Soft and forgiving is the type of poi head you will want. We have Sock Poi with a soft recycled rubber ball as the head. This ball gives good weight and is so soft if it knocks your body accidentally.

Our ultra poi also has a soft inner and a removable tail for when you are beginning. The tails help later to get you spacing and planes nice and tight, plus look great while adding an audio element similar to fire. Noise helps to add to your spatial awareness.

Choosing your Length of Poi

Finding the length of Poi

Measure your Poi like this

Measuring your Poi

Use the image above to get your ideal Poi Length .We use S = short, M = medium, L = long to help in selecting length.It can be shorter, or you can have it longer, but if longer then this can limit the number the moves you will be able to do.

Elderly Poi

This Poi Set is designed specifically for those who bruise very easily. These are short Poi which can be used by those restricted to a chair. The handle is an easy grip silicon ball type for those with arthritic hands.

Cone Poi

These Poi are cone-shaped with a handle at the thin end and a weight at the heavier end. Made from strong non-stretch cotton fabric in bright colors.

First popular in Europe. The sides of the Cone Poi have a velcro opening to allow the changing of weights and the softness of the load. Rice can be used to make them more substantial, and as it is Rice, it will not harm you when it hits your body. So these are great for customization of the weighted end of the Poi.

Sock Poi

These, like the Cone Poi, are shaped like a cone. However, they are much cheaper as they do not have an integrated handle, so you need to make your loop or knot by tying the thin end of the sock poi. There is also an opening in the side that allows you to change sizes and type of weight.

The Sock Poi is made from super-smooth high-grade nylon-spandex so the Poi will slide off the body with ease. The stretchiness is said to make spinning and certain tricks much easier due to the cushioning of the spandex stretch. So these are well-liked by beginners. Also the white color Sock Poi has a thin enough fabric for Led Balls or glowsticks to shine right through. If you go into our Led Poi section, you will see many Led Poi sets use the Sock Poi as a means to swing the light around.

Ultra Poi, Tailed Poi

Tailed Poi

One of the great things about LED and Fire Poi is the 'comet' trail of light following the Poi head as it travels around the body. This flowing trail gets added to Fabric Poi not as light, but like a gymnastics ribbon, a light-weight colorful fabric that catches in the flow of air behind the Poi head. As a Day Poi these do look fantastic as they spin and dance around leaving trails of colorful fabric. Scarf Poi and the Ultra Poi are both designed to display the Comet Trail effect during sunny days and at night under a UV / Blacklight light source.

Flag Poi

Like the Tailed Poi, the Flag Poi uses the comet trail effect to open up beautiful blocks of color. 'Flag Swinging' flags are usually rectangular and have weights sewn into the leading and bottom edges to keep the shape as it flys around. Sadly do a move too many times in one direction, and the 'swinging flags' end up twisting to a big mess at the point where you hold them.

Our Flag Poi has a handle and swivel, so your flag never twists up. As Poi is about flowing circles of movement, we have gone away from the rectangular to a more flowing curved shape. A weighted leading and bottom edge remain the same to ensure the full flag gets seen in all of its beauty.

Cone Poi

Pendulum Poi

The ultimate prop for showing off Pendulum and Contact Poi routines. Like a Chinese Meteor Hammer, the cord between the handle and Poi head will appear like a solid rod/stick because of the centrifugal forces created. Moves like hanging a verticle stall and many others can enhance the sold rod/stick appearance. Now throw in some club Juggling moves and roll the Poi head along your arm as the handle swings around. Add in some bounce changes in direction and wraps. You will find that Pendulum Poi has an unlimited amount of moves and illusions to amaze onlookers.

Count 2, 3, or 4 Contact Poi!

Why limit yourself to just a pair of Contact/Pendulum Poi. If you are already a juggler of 3 clubs, why not get a set of 3 Poi. You can easily swing 2 Poi in one hand and one in the other and switch back and forth between Juggling and Poi Moves .

Many Maori women and others in New Zealand are very good at using 4 Poi (2 in each hand) at a time. But there is no limit, as once I saw a guy skateboarding down a hill on his back while using two Poi in each hand and two on each foot, OMG that's a total of 8 Poi! and they were all Fire Poi !

Pendulum Poi - Flex?

What is the difference between flex and regular Pendulum Poi ?
  • The 'Flex' uses a 6mm Polyester Rope which, as the name implies, provides a more flexible cord.
  • The regular Pendulum Poi uses a thicker 8mm Polyester Rope, which can help with vertical stalls or any moves requiring a stiffer rope/cord.

Why spin Poi?

The benefits to be gained from Poi are
  • Improved coordination, balance, dexterity, and body awareness,
  • Improved focus, alertness, perception, patience, persistence,
  • Improved brain function, creativity,
  • Fun cardiovascular exercise,
  • Greater self image, self esteem, confidence,
  • and a great way of meeting new people, develop new friends and relationships
  • And to be a part of helping people to achieve those benefits is our greatest achievement and drives our vision:

Our Poi Vision

'To help everyone discover and shine in the performance arts.'

And that includes YOU!

And when you purchase from Home of Poi, you also get hundreds of free Poi video lessons to help you quickly impress yourself, and others, with your skills. 'It really can change your life!'

All Fabric Poi Reviews

2 7/8 inch Wrapsta Poi Color  
     18th September, 2019

Good for beginners
"This is the first non sock poi I bought and it makes all the difference when trying to tighten up any move. Only complaint is that the medium cord is a little short for me (I m 6 ). Other than that, solid poi for not a bad price."
, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Jun 2019

Cone Soft Poi  
     17th September, 2019

Sock Poi
, New Zealand.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Jul 2016

One Piece Cone Poi  
     16th September, 2019

Amazingly shocked
"I came across home of poi when a friend recommended it to me as she highly rates you guys. So I thought why not i was debating whether to order from the company but what made me want to was the amount of help they give you. I wasn t too sure at first what poi s to get but doing the little quiz to find the right ones i was out stood by cause it was so helpful. And the helpfulness doesn t stop there, when my order came (came in a reasonable amount of time as it had to go around the world,pretty quick though) inside the package there were different leaflets to use contact info if need help stickers for address. But what really stood out to me was that home of poi has videos and tutorials for beginners and upwards to help learn to use a poi. And the videos was super helpful and clear on what to do. I definitely rate this company 11/10 with the outstanding amount of help you get. I recommend highly to order from here"
, United Kingdom.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Aug 2019

Pair of Scarf Poi  
     14th September, 2019

Angel poi, yellow
"Beautiful! I absolutely love them!"
, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Jun 2016

Pair of Scarf Poi  
     11th September, 2019

Great Beginner Poi
"These poi were a perfect length and weight, and the hand grips were comfortable to use. The base of the poi is fairly soft as well, so it's not an issue if they hit your body. I chose the orange colour, which was very vibrant in lovely long tails."
, New Zealand.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Aug 2019

Pair of Scarf Poi  
     9th September, 2019

Perfect for practice
"These are the perfect weight. Wether you are a beginner or a more seasoned flow artist looking for a great pair of practice poi, you can't beat the price and they flow perfectly. They also glow under blacklights so that is always fun!"
, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Aug 2019

Pair of Scarf Poi  
     4th September, 2019

Love them!
"Poi came within 1 day of ordering. Excellent quality and look just like the photo, thank you!"
, New Zealand.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Jul 2019

Dragon Wing Flags  
     4th September, 2019

everything....wonderful! great customer service!
, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Jul 2019

Pair of Scarf Poi  
     4th September, 2019

everything....wonderful! great customer service!
, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Jul 2019

Striped Sock Poi  
     4th September, 2019

everything....wonderful! great customer service!
, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Jul 2019

3 1/8 inch Wrapsta Poi Color  
     3rd September, 2019

"I recently purchased the 3 1/8 wrapsta poi and they are amazing! They re amazing for a first set of poi. Weighted nicely and doesn t hurt too bad if you hit yourself. 10/10 would buy again!"
, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Jul 2019

EMPTY One - piece Cone Poi  
     30th August, 2019

Vibrant Orange
"Its a best day poi to practice or for performance. Fabric is thick, tough. Color(orange) is attractive. I use this as a practice poi as it can be forgiving on body unlike contact poi's."
, India.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Aug 2014

3 1/8 inch Flex Pendulum Poi PX3  
     29th August, 2019

Great weight, excellent practice poi
"For a basic knockaround set, these are surprisingly good. Good weight, nice feel to the tethers and let s just add... they arrived in short order as well. Recommend these as a low cost practice set."
, Australia.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Jun 2019

2 7/8 inch Flex Pendulum PX3 Color  
     20th August, 2019

Everything I hoped for!
"These poi are exactly what I was wanting when I ordered them, absolutely no complaints."
, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Jul 2019

Sock poi  
     18th August, 2019

A great introduction to Poi
"The poi are just what I was looking for, and the fast delivery to Florida and bonus training videos make this a superb introduction to Poi. I purchased them on a whim to aid with relaxation and 15 minutes of spinning a day really helps. Great product!"
, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Jun 2019

3 1/8 inch Pendulum PX3 Color  
     16th August, 2019

Contact poi
"They are great a tad light. But I love them"
, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Jul 2019

Pair of Scarf Poi  
     6th August, 2019

Colour wheels
"Fun and cheap. Good alternative for a bit of creative poi flow. Strings can be wrapped around fingers to shorten at will. Material is tough and does not tangle too easily and looks great chasing each other. Good for people with no poi experience to play with."
, Australia.   [Verified Buyer]
GOLD Member since Jan 2016

2 7/8 inch Flex Pendulum PX3 Color  
     26th July, 2019

Excellent props!!
"After practicing with led poi I finally decided I needed a set of inexpensive but working contact poi. I ended up going with the special they had and they are great!!! Bought a set of sock poi as well, I just love their stuff! Well made high quality at an excellent price! Shipping was relatively quick, faster than estimated!"
Excellent props!!
, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
BRONZE Member since Jun 2019

Striped Sock Soft Poi  
     25th July, 2019

Sock Poi
"I love these sock poi! Well made, shipped fast, inexpensive. They are perfect!"
, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Mar 2008

2 7/8 inch Flex Pendulum PX3 Color  
     24th May, 2019

Fantastic and cheap
"This is a great practice set for a relatively small amount of money compared to other online poi. Highly durable, I've literally thrown these onto concrete multiple times with no visible damage. They're a little light which makes tosses more challenging. The colors are highly visible during the day, and the tether is static (great for wraps). I would buy these again."
, USA.   [Verified Buyer]
SILVER Member since Apr 2019

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