Aalii Navy Blue Cover Up

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Midi length cover up. Limited quantity print. Hand drawn fabric print illustrations. Designed, cut, and sewn in Hawai‘i on imported fabric.

Made with draping 100% Tencel, a sustainably made eucalyptus based fabric. Tencel is a fiber that is intended as a silk substitute 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, made in a closed loop cycle from sustainably grown eucalyptus. No plastic, polyester, or cotton used here; instead, enjoy this all natural sustainable wood pulp fiber with a luxurious silky texture. Machine wash and dry on a gentle setting.

*Model is wearing size Small.

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE DESIGN

 

The ‘A‘ali‘i (Dodonaea viscosa) is a native Hawaiian shrub that grows in dry environments  around the world. It is a favorite on the islands for its beauty, cultural significance, and role in conservation. ‘A‘ali‘i is known for its strength, proverbially referred to as,  ‘a‘ali‘i kū makani, which means “‘a‘ali‘i standing in the wind.”  The shrub has the ability to withstand strong storms and wind gusts by bending and not breaking.

 

Found most commonly in dry, windy, open landscapes, it is easily overlooked until it blooms. Once covered in eye-catching papery seed pods, you can’t help but notice their beauty. The seed pods come in a range of colors from magenta to lime-green. They are a favorite for lei making.

 

Yet, its strength and beauty are eclipsed by its fast ability to hold space in unsheltered landscapes. These qualities make it an ideal forest regenerator. It quickly forms a canopy, providing shelter to other plants and animals from the wind.

 

‘A‘ali‘i demonstrates an important Hawaiian value; pairing humility with strength to protect and nurture those around you.


-David Shepard