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SQ1085842

Green Palapalai Women's Wrap Skirt

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Wrap-skirt. Hand-drawn fabric print illustrations. Designed, cut, and sewn in Hawai‘i on imported fabric.

Made with draping 100% rayon viscose twill fabric. Rayon viscose is a fiber that is intended as a silk substitute derived from wood pulp, making it a natural fabric that is more breathable than cotton. No plastic, polyester, or cotton used here; instead, enjoy this all-natural wood pulp fiber with a luxurious silk texture. Machine wash and dry on a gentle setting.

THE STORY BEHIND THE DESIGN

From the beaches of Waikīkī to the lush forests of upper Mānoa valley, this design embodies the range of resources found within this powerful, prosperous, and beautiful ahupua‘a. An ahupua‘a is a traditional land division that encompasses a watershed extending from ma uka to ma kai (mountain to ocean). Traditionally in Hawai‘i, community boundaries were defined by watersheds that provided all the resources for sustainable living: fish, agriculture, consistent freshwater, and upland forests reserves. Wise management fostered a thriving community.

Today the ahupua‘a of Waikīkī continues to be one of the most abundant and prosperous. This design highlights abundance displays the importance of balance and shows the beauty of diversity in the form of contrast. Featured is a sort of yin yang play between the native Hapu‘u tree fern found in the mountains and the O‘ahu island flower ‘ilima found growing on the coast.

-DS