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The Aloha Shirt
Fabric Care
Sizing


The Aloha Shirt
The Aloha shirt, known to non-natives as the Hawaiian shirt, is a style of dress shirt originating in Hawaii, a state of the United States. It is currently the premier textile export of the Hawaii manufacturing industry. Often short-sleeved, Aloha shirts exported to the mainland United States and elsewhere are often brilliantly colored with floral patterns or generic Polynesian motifs and are worn as casual, informal wear. Aloha shirts manufactured for local Hawaii residents are usually adorned with traditional Hawaiian quilt designs or simple floral patterns in muted, non-flashy colors. Aloha shirts manufactured for local consumption are considered formal wear in business and government, and thus are regarded as equivalent to a coat and tie in all but the most formal of settings. Missionary origins The shirt's origins are traced back to the early years of the Kingdom of Hawaii upon the arrival of Congregational and Presbyterian missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands. These early Christian settlers from New England imposed strict dress codes on the native Hawaiians and forced many to wear quick-sewn shirts made of various fabrics available to the missionary seamstresses at the time. Modern Aloha shirt A modern Aloha shirt can be adorned with fanciful designs, such as a car and palmtrees. Such shirts are associated with tourists in Hawaii.The modern Aloha shirt was first manufactured commercially in the early 1930s by Chinese merchant Ellery Chun of King-Smith Clothiers and Dry Goods, a store in Waikiki. Chun began sewing brightly colored shirts for tourists out of old kimono fabrics he had leftover in stock. The Honolulu Advertiser newspaper was quick to coin the term Aloha shirt to describe Chun's fashionable creation. Chun trademarked the name. The first advertisement in the Honolulu Advertiser for Chun's Aloha shirt was published on June 28, 1935. Local residents, especially surfers, and tourists descended on Chun's store and bought every shirt he had. Within years, major designer labels sprung up all over Hawai'i and began manufacturing and selling Aloha shirts en masse. The popularity of the Aloha shirt boomed in the United States after World War II as major celebrities sported the Hawaiian wear. President Harry S. Truman wore Aloha shirts regularly during his tenure in the White House and in retirement. John Wayne and Duke Kahanamoku endorsed major designer labels, while Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Arthur Godfrey and Johnny Weissmuller entertained while wearing them.

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Fabric Care
RAYON: Most rayon garments should be dry-cleaned, but some types of fabric and garment construction are such that they can be hand or machine washed. For washable items, use the following as a guide: - Use mild lukewarm or cool suds. - Gently squeeze suds through the fabric and rinse in lukewarm water. - Do not wring or twist the article. - Smooth or shake out the article and place on a non-rust hanger to dry. - Press the article while damp on the wrong side with the iron at a moderate setting. - If finishing on the right side is required, a press cloth should be used. - Between wearings, rayon articles may be pressed with a cool iron. (For specific instruction refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.) COTTON: Cotton can be easily laundered. It can withstand high temperatures (boiling water does not hurt the fiber). - Any good detergent can be used to wash cotton. - Chlorine bleach can be used safely on cotton whites. - Use color safe bleach on dyed cottons. - Since cotton fibers are fairly inelastic cotton fabrics may wrinkle easily. - Fabric may need frequent ironing. However, cotton fabric can be treated with a wrinkle resistant finish to create a more resilient fabric/garment. The label will tell you if this finish has been applied. - A higher heat setting is needed in the dryer to dry cotton. - Cotton will take much longer to dry than less absorbent fibers. - Cotton can be ironed with a hot iron, and does not scorch easily. HEMP: It cannot be stressed enough... hemp is TOUGH. One hemp shirt can outlast 20 cotton shirts. - Any good detergent can be used to wash hemp. - No bleach. - Can be ironed. - Does not scorch easily. - Legal to own and wear - Comfortable, non scratchy - Wicks perspiration well - Very environmentally sound. Look for a LOT of hemp garments in your future. SILK: Some can be machine washed cool, others hand washed. The cadillac of fabrics, every movement causes a gentle caress of silk. - Wash per instructions on garment. - Can be ironed, low heat. - Durable. - Warm in the winter, cool in the summer. - Tends to be expensive - Line dry (For specific instruction refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.)

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Sizing
Our clothing is from the finest companies in the industry. As with all better quality clothing very strict guidelines are used to produce each piece. Each manufacturer will use the same basic size standards, although there may be a variance of 1/2 inch in the charts shown below. Not all items are available in the sizing charts shown. Sizes available are llisted in each item description. Measurements below are the basic sizes of our clothing and are not the same as your measurements. For best fit measure a comparable existing item that fits you the way you would want your new item to fit. Remember, most Aloha wear is designed loose and comfortable. Size Small Across the Chest (Armpit to Armpit) - 22-1/4"" Shoulder Seam to Shoulder Seam - 18" Back of Neck to Hem - 28 " Size Medium Across the Chest (Armpit to Armpit) - 23-1/2" Shoulder Seam to Shoulder Seam - 19 1/2" Back of Neck to Hem - 28 1/2" Size Large Across the Chest (Armpit to Armpit) - 24 3/4" Shoulder Seam to Shoulder Seam - 20-1/2" Back of Neck to Hem - 28 3/4" Size XL Across the Chest (Armpit to Armpit) - 25 1/4" Shoulder Seam to Shoulder Seam - 21-1/2" Back of Neck to Hem - 29-3/4" Size 2XL Across the Chest (Armpit to Armpit) - 26 1/4" Shoulder Seam to Shoulder Seam - 22 1/2" Back of Neck to Hem - 32"

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