This Na Lau Ulu Aloha Shirt features our ʻAmaʻulani print on Black fabric with Metal ink.
The light green and the bright orange of the new fronds catch our eyes. Stark against the black of the lava, the ʻamaʻu thrives in the mist.
A helicopter flight over the new lava flows of May 2018, Brandy-Alia Serikaku came up with this layout to celebrate the view from above. Witnessing the abundance of the ʻamaʻu across the barren lava, she offers this print to commemorate that huakaʻi.
The ʻamaʻu fronds give us an earthy-colored dye. The pulu was used for stuffing pillows and mattresses. Kinolau to Kamapuaʻa, the lua at Kīlauea is Halemaʻumaʻu!
Six years ago I met Mr. Shiraishi from OJI Fibre, discussing the use of paper yarn to create an eco-friendly aloha shirt. The fibers of the Abaca are lightweight, porous, and contain a rich amount of oxygen. Fast growing, the plant has a high carbon dioxide absorption potential, is non-toxic when incinerated, and biodegradable. It is really a dream plant for clothing! The natural fibers grow well in Ecuador and the Philippines and are then shipped to Japan to produce the wonderful blend of Abaca 46%/Cotton 54%.
Through studies over the past years, OJI Fibre is now producing an environmentally friendly fabric called OJO+ that is mild to the skin, soft to the touch, and will cool the body when temperatures rise. The fibers are water resistant to both fresh and salt water, but the fabric is machine washable and dries quickly. This wonder fabric is woven, printed, cut and sewn in Japan.
Each stitch is sewn with pride and integrity. Every garment is inspected multiple times, wrapped individually, and shipped to Hilo. We introduce this collection as a positive step towards changing the manufacturing process of our clothes.
We invite you to partake and join us in this years journey of mālama ka honua! -Sig
Studio Model wearing size S.