I grew up in a multicultural, urban community, on the West Coast of Canada. Diverse as we were, you would often hear people ask "What Nationality are you? Where are you from?" and my friends and I would share. However, 99% of the time I shared, no one knew where I came from. Now in present time, even when this question is asked, not many people know the land that my roots stem from....
I designed this to bring awareness to the soil & coral where my dearest Mother was born.
The Republic of Marshall Islands are located in the central Pacific Ocean, north of the equator, between Hawaii and Australia. Our people have lived in these Islands for thousands of years.
In 1947 the Marshall Islands became part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, created by the United Nations, and administered by the United States.
Between 1946 and 1958, the United States conducted 67 Nuclear tests in the Marshalls. 23 tests were fired at Bikini Atoll, and another 44 were dropped near Enewetak Atoll, with fallout showering down on many of the outer Islands. The purpose of these tests was to investigate the effects of nuclear weapons on naval warships, and the after effects of radiation.
You may have heard of the Bravo test, or seen pictures of the BIG atomic mushroom cloud before... that was the deadliest. Even though residents were relocated to other Islands, many Marshallese people and Unites States' veterans suffered from burns and radiation diseases like thyroid cancer, along with many others. While the US military thought they were far enough away from the blast, the men could literally see all the bones in their hands. Fine white nuclear powder fell from the sky onto children that were dancing in it, thinking they were seeing snow fall for the first time. The many issues stemming from these tests, wreaked havoc on our people. Many suffered from from displacement, chemical burns, unworldly birth defects, and cancer.
Today, many Marshallese people live through out the Unites States, as there is little habital land left in the RMI. With the U.S military base operating the whole of Kwajulein Island in the Kwajulein Atoll, the little neighbouring Island of Ebeye, has been over populated and impoverished. To visit Kwajulein you need to have a US Goverment approved pass to enter. Marshallese are only allowed to enter if they are working on the lands, serving the millitary & their families, or if they are in dire need of a hospital, since the hospital clinic of Ebeye is not up to American health standards.
This design is to bring awareness to our little Islands out in the Pacific, and to bring awareness to what happend.
• 80% cotton, 20% polyester blend fleece
• Grey Heather is 75% cotton, 25% polyester
• Charcoal Heather is 55% cotton, 45% polyester
• 100% cotton face
• Fabric weight: 8.5 oz./yd² (280 g/m²)
• Yarn diameter: 20 singles
• Jersey-lined hood
• Split stitch double-needle sewing on all seams
• Twill neck tape
• 1 × 1 ribbing for cuffs and waistband
• Metal eyelets
• Metal kissing zipper
• Blank product sourced from Pakistan
This product is made especially for you as soon as you place an order, which is why it takes us a bit longer to deliver it to you. Making products on demand instead of in bulk helps reduce overproduction, so thank you for making thoughtful purchasing decisions!