Nov 27 2012
I just finished reading Jennifer Chiaverini’s book, The Aloha Quilt. It was a nice easy read that lulled me to sleep each evening. Not to say it was a boring book. I learned a lot about the history of Hawaii and more importantly to me, information about Hawaiian quilts.
Hawaiian quilts have a style all their own. Usually made up of bright colors, each pattern is made by cutting paper similar to making paper snowflakes. Patterns are mostly fashioned after natures bounty; leaves, pineapple, flowers, etc. According to the author of The Aloha Quilt, Christian missionaries introduced the art to the native population (of Hawaii) in the eighteen hundreds. The Hawaiian people took what they learned and developed their own unique style.
source: pg 38 The Aloha Quilt
Here is an example of a Hawaiian quilt:
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