This Hoʻawa & The ʻAlalā Cover-Up from David Shepard Hawaii is available at Pop-Up Mākeke and is a midi-length cover-up.
It is a limited quantity print that features hand-drawn fabric print illustrations. This beautiful cover is designed, cut, and sewn in Hawai'i on imported fabric.
It is made with draping 100% Tencel which is a sustainably made eucalyptus-based fabric. Tencel is a fiber that is intended as a silk substitute that is derived from wood pulp. It is a natural fabric in the same family as Modal that is more breathable and soft than cotton. It is a luxury eco-fabric that is made in a closed-loop cycle from sustainably grown eucalyptus. There is no plastic, polyester, or cotton used here. It is, instead, an all-natural sustainable wood pulp fiber with a luxurious silky texture.
Material: 100% Tencel
Note: The model is wearing a size small.
Machine washable and dry on a gentle setting.
The Hawaiian crow, ‘Alalā (Corvus hawaiiensis), is a critically endangered endemic bird no longer found in the wild. They were once common throughout the Hawaiian islands. Highly intelligent and vocal, they are named after their vocalization, which sounds like the cry of a child.
‘Alalā was an important seed disperser of Hō‘awa (Pittosporum sp.), a beautiful native shrub with tiny clusters of creamy-white flowers and small orange fruit pods that split open to reveal jet-black seeds inside. Lacking this important seed-dispersing bird, several species of Hō'awa have become endangered themselves.
The ‘Alalā Project is a partnership between several organizations that seek to bring these birds back to the wild through a captive breeding program. A portion of the proceeds from this print will go to one of the organizations involved in this program, the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, which houses many of these birds.
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