Cotton printed shirt, with short sleeves and Hawaiian collar, Hawaiian Print.
, commonly referred to as a
, is a style of dress shirt originating in Hawaii. It is currently the premier textile export of the Hawaii manufacturing industry. The dress shirts are printed, mostly short-sleeved, and collared. They usually have buttons, sometimes for the entire length of the dress shirt and sometimes just down to the chest (pullover). Aloha dress shirts usually have a left chest pocket sewn in, often with attention to ensure the printed pattern remains continuous. Aloha shirts may be worn by men or women; women's Aloha shirts usually have a lower-cut, v-neck style. The lower hem is straight since the shirts are not meant to be tucked in. Alternatively known as
Aloha shirts exported to the mainland United States and elsewhere are called Hawaiian shirts and are often brilliantly colored with floral patterns or generic Polynesian motifs. They are worn as casual, informal wear. In 1935, the first Aloha shirt was sold in Honolulu, by a Japanese immigrant Chōtarō Miyamoto . After Miyamoto’s death, in 1915, the shop was revised as by his son Kōichirō Miyamoto, who sewed Aloha shirt using Japanese Kimono fabrics.