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After the T-shirt perhaps the most famous and indeed iconic Fashion Souvenir of all is the Hawaiian shirt. Generously and loosely cut, the ample fabric allows an un-limited expanse on which to print the emblems of Hawaii, perhaps the ultimate idea of what a tropical island paradise should be. Girls in grass skirts, palm trees, glorious sunsets, tropical flowers and birds all feature, sometimes taken alone, often associated together. Doesn't everyone's dad, or granddad, have one lurking in the back of the wardrobe?
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From Hawaii with Love cotton/polyester mix Hawaiian shirt, with plastic silver buttons, provenance unknown, inside label states Made in Hawaii, print design circa 1970s, obtained from Laura Dols, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2009

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