KANIAKAPŪPŪ LEHUA MAMO MIDI DRESS

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Midi dress with bell sleeves and V-neck, string tie in the back. Comes with a long matching fabric tie for optional use at the waist. Limited quantity print. Hand drawn fabric print illustrations. Designed, cut, and sewn in Hawai‘i on imported fabric.

Made with draping 100% Tencel. Tencel is a fiber that is intended as a silk substitute derived from wood pulp. It a natural fabric in the same family as Modal that is more breathable than cotton. It is a luxury eco-fabric, made in a closed loop cycle from sustainably grown wood, often eucalyptus. No plastic, polyester, or cotton used here; instead, enjoy this all natural sustainable wood pulp fiber with a luxurious silk texture. Machine wash and dry on a gentle setting.

*Model is wearing a S

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE DESIGN

Kaniakapūpū means “the singing of the land shells” in Hawaiian. Featured in this print are kāhuli snails, ’ōhi’a lehua bursting into flower, and nectar feeding i’iwi birds. This print has layers of meaning, or ‘kauna’: The songs of the snails bring Hawai’i into being.

Kaniakapūpū is the name of the summer palace of Kamehameha III who said in 1843, ‘ua mau ke ea o ka ’aina i ka pono’ or ‘the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.’ The Hawai’i state motto to this day.

“Kāhuli (tree snails) are attributed with song and are featured in oli, mele, and mo’olelo. They are considered hō’ailona (omens or signs) when encountered in the forest. Their colorful forms adorn plants and people alike, as their shells were used in lei. Unfortunately, they are under threat of extinction by the appetites of introduced invasive predators. Hawai’i’s Snail Extinction Prevention Program and their partners are rearing Kāhuli for reintroduction and are protecting their habitats.“

- David Sischo, Ph.D. Snail Extinction Prevention Program Coordinator

A portion of proceeds from this purchase will go towards the Snail Extinction Prevention Program.

 

- David Shepard