ʻAhuʻula are cloaks made from as many as 500,000 individual feathers attached to an olonā fiber mesh, worn by the aliʻi (chief) class in ancient Hawaiʻi. In addition to signifying the wearer's high rank, ʻahuʻula also served as an indicator of status, political position and conquest. Beautiful and prized, ʻahuʻula are a striking and unique symbol of ancient Hawaiian royalty. Also incorporated into the design are the mahiʻole (helmet) on the hood and the lei niho palaoa (whale bone necklace) around the neck.
This design is based on the iconic all-yellow ʻahuʻula of Kamehameha the Great. Composed of nearly half-a-million highly-valued (5 feathers could get you a whole pig in ancient times!) yellow mamo feathers, the ʻahuʻula was fit for the Moʻi Nui (Supreme Chief) that conquered and unified the Hawaiʻian islands. Look closely at the back for an image of Kamehamehaʻs face in the shadows of the beautiful yellow feathers.
- Materials: 94% Polyester 6% Spandex
- Light Layer. Soft and stretchy fabric.
- Machine Wash Cold.
- Fit is true-to-size.
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