Oral History Meets Design


For many people, clothing isn’t something that is given much thought. Like the food we eat and the water we drink, getting dressed is an average everyday occurrence. But what if clothing told a story? What if it shared details of a history steeped in legend? Just like food consumption, one can choose to eat or dine. Clothing offers a similar option—one can cover up or they can express and entertain.

Local artist Kira Kamamalu believes clothing can be a powerful storyteller, and through her new line of classic Hawaiian dresses and shirts, she hopes those who don her wearable art will share the stories and legends of ancient Hawaii with others.

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