Hawaiian Whole Cloth Quilting
Whole cloth quilts derive from kapa moe, a Hawaiian textile that was traditionally made from wauke, or paper mulberry bark. The bark was beaten until soft and then dyed to create geometric patterns. The finished product was used as a bed covering. With the introduction of machine produced fabrics, tree bark was replaced with cotton and the tradition evolved.
Today, wholecloth quilts are made from two pieces of fabric: the background and the applique. The applique design is made from a single cut on folded fabric. This technique creates a perfectly symmetrical design. The applique is then positioned on top of the background and hand-stitched along the contours. Hawaiian quilt designs often feature a stylized version of a plant or flower.