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David Shepard Hawaii

Hāwane Green Cotton Tote Bag

Hāwane Green Cotton Tote Bag

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Spacious, lightweight, 100% cotton tote bag with pocket. Colorful, artistic native Hawaiian plant pattern. Strap is 18 in long, bag is 13 in x 13 in x 6 in. 100% Cotton Jacquard. Machine wash gentle cycle and hang dry. Sewn and designed in Hawaii on imported fabric. Limited quantity. Handmade: exact cut of the print is variable, prints vary from what is seen in the images shown.

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THE STORY BEHIND THE HAND-DRAWN DESIGN

Loulu palm, or Pritchardia, is the only native Hawaiian palm genus. It is useful for its large fronds, a shield from the sun and rain, as well as for weaving items such as hats. Its fruit, hāwane, once were considered delicious to eat. Unfortunately, rats that arrived for the first time to the islands with the first Polynesian canoes also loved the fruit of this palm. Once a dominant forest species, a thousand years of rats eating most of their seeds resulted in scattered remnant populations of these formerly ubiquitous palms.

One species, Pritchardia hillebrandii, is featured in this print. An islet off the coast of Moloka'i has an untouched strand of this particular blue-green palm species, giving a sense of what a forest of loulu would look like.

-DS