"Unknown to Hawaiians before missionaries decreed that "heathen nakedness" should be covered with a drab forerunner (which irrepressible natives soon decorated by hand with traditional tapa cloth motifs), the genuine Hawaiian shirt is now regarded as a work of art and avidly sought by collectors. In this beautiful little book illustrated with dozens of historic shirts, H. Thomas Steele tells the story of this remarkable art form, details its different varieties, discusses the materials, designers, and manufacturers, and presents the fine points that make a shirt collectible." ©1984, 96 pp, 9 1/4" x 9 1/4" Hardbound.