Nothing says vacation like the Hawaiian shirt, with its iconic floral print and breezy silhouette. But who says that the blissful relaxation found on a beach in Hawaii can’t be replicated in the rolling hills of Scotland or on the bustling streets of Japan?
For Here Magazine issue 08, we partnered with Print All Over Me to take classic patterns from seven countries and reinterpret them into “Hawaiian” shirts of a different stripe. (You can purchase them here!) Because, no matter where in the world you are, you should always be vacation-ready. Just add a piña colada.
Norway: Mariusgenser Fair Isle
Though design credit is disputed, it is believed to be named after World War II flying ace and skier Marius Eriksen.
"Toile" translates to "cloth" in French. Fabrics with the toile pattern were originally produced in 18th-century Ireland, but were popularized and then mass produced in France.
Although the teardrop-shaped form is of Iranian origin, its English name derives from the western Scotland town of Paisley, where there was a major facility for textiles where paisley designs were produced. In Iran, the ornamental design is known as "buta" or "boteh."
The ikat dyeing technique uses a form of "resist dyeing" on the yarns prior to weaving the fabric—accomplished by tying bands around the fabric. In other resist-dyeing techniques such as tie-dye and batik, the "resist" is applied to already-woven cloth. The ikat method allows for more intricate patterns and designs.
The name of the traditional Japanese print translates to "blue wave of the sea."
The meander is a decorative border constructed from one continuous line and evokes a twisting and turning path. In ancient Greece, the design appears in many architectural friezes and on pottery. It is speculated that the design symbolized infinity and unity.
Tartan is often mistakenly called "plaid," but in Scotland, a plaid refers to a large piece of tartan cloth, not the design on the cloth.
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