Last month, Hilo-based clothing designer Sig Zane unveiled a new line of print designs for his now-famous aloha attire, which strayed from the successful flora he’s stuck to for nearly thirty years. Zane partnered with the Waikiki Aquarium in launching a series of marine-themed shirts and keiki items, that will be sold in limited distribution, some at the aquarium.
At a private media reception, Zane unveiled a roll of material emblazoned with a beautiful sketch—which he still does entirely by hand—of “Ka Ula Hapapa” (lobster of the shoals). The image depicts a kona lobster gliding past a more familiar Zane sketch of underwater plant life.
“The inspiration for the design illustrates ocean life along with traditional `ohe kapala, or shallow reef wave forms,” said Zane. “The series is meant to highlight the cultural significance of ocean creatures, their symbiotic relationships with land, and how the Hawaiian language fosters this understanding.”
An avid surfer and naturalist, Zane cites the sketch of a taro plant he grew after his son’s birth (who is now a partner in Zane’s thriving retail business) as the start of his design career.
The new prints are available at the Sig Zane store in Hilo, Hawaii, as well as at the Waikiki Aquarium gift shop.
For more information, visit www.SIgZane.com or www.WAquarium.org
“The series is meant to highlight the cultural significance of ocean creatures, their symbiotic relationships with land, and how the Hawaiian language fosters this understanding.” — Zane