Aloha Shirt - Surf, Film and the Far Right Movement
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Created in the 1930s by Japanese seamstresses, the Aloha Shirt was originally made from Kimono fabric scraps. The first Hawaiian shirts were made from Yukata cotton, based on a "Palaka," a shirt worn on the island's plantations.
The tailor "Musa-Shiya the Shirtmaker" was the first to market these shirts. Musa-Shiya would make custom-made pieces from the fabric his customers brought him for a few cents. The Hawaiian shirt began to be worn by students who, after classes, became "Beach Boys," the island's surf instructors.
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