Red and White Floral Quilt, Hawaiian Islands
Lot 297
Red and White Floral Quilt, Hawaiian Islands
Sold for US$ 4,750 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Red and White Floral Quilt, Hawaiian Islands
83 1/2 by 143in (212.1 x 363cm)
Plain woven cotton, hand appliqué and contour quilting

Emma Nakuina (1847-1929), first curator of the Hawaiian National Museum, forerunner to the Bishop Museum
Thence by descent

"When The Garden Island, the first weekly newspaper on the island of Kaua'i began publication in 1904, a quilt called the Garden Island or Kihapai Pua (flower garden) was created to commemorate this event. The creation of this design has been attributed to several quilters. It is believed the original design was red and white with floral patterns suggesting the fruit of the mokihana tree. In following years, the pattern became popular and was adopted by other quilters who sometimes substituted blue, or green." (Brandon, The Hawaiian Quilt, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1993, p 90)
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