DAVID SHEPARD - Hāpuʻu ʻIlima Mauka to Makai Lavender Midi Dress

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From the beaches of Waikīkī to the lush forests of upper Mānoa valley, this design embodies the range of resources found from ma uka to ma kai (mountain to ocean). Featured is a sort of yin yang play between the native Hāpu’u tree fern found in the mountains and the O’ahu island flower ‘ilima found growing on the coast.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

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% Lyocell, a rayon twill fabric. Lyocell is a fiber that is intended as a silk substitute derived from wood pulp. It a natural fabric in the same family as Modal and Tencel 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’s are wearing a size XS and M

THE STORY BEHIND THE DESIGN

From the beaches of Waikīkī to the lush forests of upper Mānoa valley, this design embodies the range of resources found within this powerful, prosperous, and beautiful ahupua‘a. An ahupua‘a is a traditional land division that encompasses a watershed extending from ma uka to ma kai (mountain to ocean). Traditionally in Hawai‘i, community boundaries were defined by watersheds that provided all the resources for sustainable living: fish, agriculture, consistent fresh water, and upland forests reserves. Wise management fostered a thriving community.

Today the ahupua‘a of Waikīkī continues to be one of the most abundant and prosperous. This design highlights abundance, displays the importance of balance, and shows the beauty of diversity in the form of contrast. Featured is a sort of yin yang play between the native Hāpuʻu tree fern found in the mountains and the O‘ahu island flower ‘ilima found growing on the coast.

-DS