This Iwileinani Dress features our ʻAʻaliʻi Kū Makani design on Acid Lime fabric with White and Spruce ink.
Resilient, firm, and steadfast, ʻaʻalii grow in buffeting winds. Its strength in withstanding the constant force of the makani makes it an appropriate symbol of Kaʻū people. Our favorite clusters of ʻaʻaliʻi, in various districts of Moku o Keawe, bloom and fruit during different months of the year. Colors vary depending on their residence north or south, and the fragrant pods of those dwelling in the Volcano region are perfect for lei.
I used the medium of bamboo, a rather restricting canvas, to carve a stamp illustrating this plant. Understanding the grain of the bamboo, as well as the width and depth of the rough blank, I carved the design of ʻaʻaliʻi seed pods as a study in numbers. Our lei ʻaʻaliʻi was for the graduating class of 2015 at Ke Ana Laʻahana, and their leader, Mapuana Waipa.
The iwilei is the collarbone. In dreaming up this style, I wanted the collarbone to be visible and to be admired. The squared-off neckline frames this part of the kino beautifully and the princess lines lend shape to every body, showing off curves to the best advantage. Iwileinani, Beautiful is one's collarbone!
100% Cotton Model is wearing size XXS.