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David Shepard Hawaii

Puhi Purple Tie-back Top

Puhi Purple Tie-back Top

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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.

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“Puhi niho wakawaka.” 

An eel with pointed teeth. A fierce and fearless warrior.

“He puhi ke aloha, he i‘a noho i ke ale.” 

Love is like an eel, the creature that dwells in the sea cavern. Love makes one restless in the mind, like the writhing of an eel.

‘Olelo No‘eau (Hawaiian Proverb), Mary Kawena Pukui

Puhi (eels) are one of the most abundant and diverse coral reef fish. With around 42 indigenous species, the Hawaiian Islands host a quarter of all the puhi species found in the world. They live in holes in the coral reef, coming out to prey on small fish, crabs, and octopus, especially at night.

The Hawaiian language has so many variations of puhi that their importance and distinctions are clearly apparent. They also play a part in many Hawaiian legends. Some puhi are also considered to be ‘aumakua (spiritual guardians). 

– David Shepard