Help identifying fabric of vintage Hawaiian muumuu

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  1. Olivia Smith

    Olivia Smith Registered Guest

    Found this “Tropicana originals” Hawaiian muumuu and need help identifying fabric. It’s a very distinct texture, almost feels like canvas. Feels sort of heavy on. Any ideas? I’m thinking it’s from the 70s but if y’all disagree let me know. See photos.
     

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  2. Linn

    Linn Trade Member

    I "think" your muumuu is C. 1960s but I'm not sure. Is the zipper metal or plastic? I can't tell from your photo. Did you carefully check all the seams to see if there are more tags or labels - maybe one that gives the fabric content or how to launder?

    The fabric "looks" like a woven heavy cotton to me that was meant to look like bark cloth. I am not an expert on dating muumuu's but I do live in Hawaii and remember wearing them! Let's see what others think.
     
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  3. Olivia Smith

    Olivia Smith Registered Guest

    There are no interior tags aside from the main label and the zipper is plastic! Thanks for your help!
     
  4. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  5. Olivia Smith

    Olivia Smith Registered Guest

    It’s not lined. I’m adding another photo of what the inside looks like
     

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  6. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  7. Linn

    Linn Trade Member

    Cotton - and '60s with the plastic zipper.
     
  8. Olivia Smith

    Olivia Smith Registered Guest

    Thanks ladies!!
     
  9. claireshaeffer

    claireshaeffer Trade Member

    Linn, I would call the flowers hibiscus. Your thoughts.
     
  10. Linn

    Linn Trade Member

    Claire,

    The flowers look like hibiscus but not the leaves - the leaves are very stylized and nothing like hibiscus leaves. This is what hibiscus leaves look like:

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  11. claireshaeffer

    claireshaeffer Trade Member

    Thanks, Linn,
    I know hibiscus flowers but hadn't thought about the leaves.
    I've seen the leaves, but have no idea what they are. C
     
  12. Robin of Frocksley

    Robin of Frocksley Registered Guest

    The leaves look like they could be (stylized) Philodendron bipinnatifidum aka lacy tree Philodendron to my eye
     
  13. vintagebaubles

    vintagebaubles Trade Member

    I agree with Linn that it's cotton in a barkcloth texture. And those little ruffles at neckline and sleeves look very 60s to me.
     

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