Our Blockprint Clutches feature a contrasting lining and a button/loop closure. Can be used on its own as a clutch, or inside a bag as a wallet. Measures 8 1/2″ on the inside, the perfect size to hold papers, such as travel documents.
Red Ulu Blockprint Clutch: Breadfruit leaves and fruit printed in brown lined with lauhala brown fabric
Kū, god of building and war, turned himself into an ʻUlu tree during a famine to feed his ʻohana, or family. The ʻUlu was brought in a canoe by the first Polynesians who traveled to Hawaiʻi. The fruit is baked, steamed or mashed into ʻulu poi. The sap from the tree was used to catch birds for feather work. The trunk of the tree is used to make drums, canoes and surfboards.
Black Kalo Clutch: black clutch with green kalo (taro) leaves
Kalo, also used in medicine and ceremonies, is a staple food of the indigenous Hawaiian people. The root is pounded into poi, and edible leaves are called luʻau. The place where the stem meets the leaf is piko, the stem is ha, and small shoots, or keiki, surround the mother plant to make ʻohana. One of the original plants of Hawaiʻi, Kalo continues to be a favorite food today, and an important connection to Hawaiʻi’s past.
Black and White Ohiʻa Blockprint Clutch: Ohiʻa Lehua hand printed in white on black fabric.
A story says that Pele, goddess of the volcano, desired ʻOhiʻa, but he was in love with Lehua. Pele, known for her temper, became angry and turned ʻOhiʻa into a tree. The transformation could not be undone, and the only way to reunite Lehua with her lover was to turn her into the blossoms. ʻOhiʻa is the first tree that can grow on desolate lava fields. Hula dancers often wear lei of the beautiful, vibrant red flowers.
Green Noni Blockprint Clutch: green Noni print on gray/green fabric
Noni was one of the original canoe plants brought to Hawaiʻi by the first Polynesians. The fruit was used as a poultice to heal wounds. Dyes for kapa cloth were also made, red from the bark and yellow from the roots. Many believe Noni is a blood purifier that enhances the immune system and can cure some diseases.