Before the white man came to Hawaii a type of quilt was made known as Kapa - fabric pounded from the bark of Wauke (paper bark or mulberry). A geometric snowflake type design would then be followed by a thicker middle section and followed by a smooth lining. In the 1800's missionaries brought beautiful woven fabrics and steel needles and taught the Hawaiian people how to make patchwork type quilts. Hawaiian Legends say the birth of the Hawaiian quilt was born while during a group sewing session (sewing bee) as they sat under the breadfruit tree, they noticed the shadow the tree gave and cut this shadow figure out of one piece of fabric blending it with the ways the missionaries had taught them resulting in the first Hawaiian quilt. Learn how to make a Hawaiian quilt by taking a class while on vacation!
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