The Onipa’a shawl is Leila Raven’s beautiful contribution to Part 2: Shawls of the Mana Wahine collection.
The MANA WAHINE collection, six knitwear designs inspired by Aotearoa and Hawai’i, is the inaugural series from the AROHA | ALOHA project highlighting the works of modern indigenous makers.
From Leila Raven –
“E ‘onipa’a i ka ‘imi na’auao.” “Be steadfast in the seeking of knowledge”?the motto of Hawai’i’s last reigning monarch, beloved Queen Liliu’okalani. The color of this shawl echoes her most favorite flower: the crown flower, giant milkweed. Rendered in motifs are the ‘iwa bird and ‘o?hi’a lehua blossoms, native to my homeland, my kin – cut from the same cloth. ‘Onipa’a: Stand firm, resolute; be true to yourself.
2 x Espace Tricot GRACE in colour ‘Printemps’
2 x Espace Tricot HALO in colour ‘Boreale’
Pattern can be purchased on Ravelry here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/onipaa-shawl
or at AROHA | ALOHA here: https://www.aroha-aloha.com/pattern-store
All photos: Leila Raven.