1950s SHAHEEN SURF 'n SAND kokeshi doll cotton dress large | new summer
Stunning and rare larger sized Shaheen dress! Done in a red cotton printed with kokeshi dolls, and other asian imagery with metallic silver accents. Rounded neckline that is gathered, fitted waist and full pleated skirt. Back metal zip. Unlined.
*Shaheen was an aeronautical engineer who built one of the biggest textile printing garment manufacturing and retail companies Hawaii would ever see. Shaheen hired a chemist, Edmund Lutz, who developed 100 metallic dyes that became a Shaheen signature. We take metallic inks for granted today, but they started from scratch to make them saltwater and chlorine resistant and also be able to wash and wear. To maintain quality and cost controls, he eliminated the middleman by pioneering his own machines, prints and silk screening method. Because the typical screen is about 8 or 10 inches, he had to reverse engineer his printing process, coming up with machinery to fit the screens. By 1959 Shaheen employed 400 works and grossed more than 4 million annually, dominating the local garment industry.
Brand: Surf 'N Sand
Size on tag: none
Fits like: large
Condition: Excellent Vintage: three pindot holes in back of skirt, only seen when held up to the light.
Length: 42.5" (3" hem allowance)
m i n t : pristine with no signs of wear- possibly deadstock
e x c e l l e n t : signs of normal wear and age- no obvious flaws
v e r y g o o d : noted minor flaws that may have been already repaired - very wearable
g o o d : many noted minor flaws and/or mends -wearable
f a i r : numerous noted flaws and mends, some significant - still wearable