1871 Moynet Surfing Wahine
This superb reproduction of the original antique hand colored woodblock engraved print of “Surfing Wahine” was published by Charles Victor Crosnier de Varigny in Quatorze Ans aux Iles Sandwich in 1871. Engraved by Moynet, this historically important image of Hawaiian women “wave riders” details a little known aspect of native Hawaiian culture. Women surfriders date back to the 17th century in Polynesia. The oldest known papa he’e nalu, or surfboard, dates to the 1600s and was discovered in Princess Kaneamuna’s burial cave on the island of Hawaii.
De Varigny served as Privy Council for King Kamehameha V and from 1864 through 1868 he served in the House of Nobles of the legislature. He became the minister of foreign affairs and attempted to negotiate treaties between Hawaii and European powers. These experiences were detailed in his book compiling 14 years in Hawaii.
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What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.
Moynet Surfing Wahine 1970