AQC, Island Quilts and the Hungry Caterpillar

AQC, Island Quilts and the Hungry Caterpillar.


One response to “AQC, Island Quilts and the Hungry Caterpillar

  1. The designs and methods that make Hawaiian quilts are very different from American quilts.Although the islanders were introduced to American quilts Hawaiians knew how to work with cloth and sew before outsiders discovered the islands in the 1700s’.Long before the introduction of cotton and other fibers into the islands the Hawaiians learned how to make their own cloth from the bark of the paper mulberry tree. This material was called tapa made by pounding the soft bark of the paper mulberry tree together. As the mulberry tree fibers were pounded tightly together they meshed into a thick cloth material. The tapa cloth could then be colored with natural dyes from berries found in the environment to give the cloth color. Needles were made from fish and bird bones or hard wood. Thread was made from twisted fiber from the bark and vines of other plants. The process took a long time and patience to complete. The tapa cloth found many uses among them were clothing, bedding and quilts.