Saturday, June 6, 2015

Hokulani, Stars from Heaven, Quilt

Hokulani, Stars from Heaven, Quilt, 21" x 21"
© 2015 Fannie Narte

This quilt was hand pieced using dark blue, light blue, red and pink cotton fabrics. The background is a tone-on-tone off-white cotton fabric, and the entire piece was hand quilted. The blue binding was machine stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back.

Hokulani is a Hawaiian word that means Stars from Heaven or Heavenly Stars. Its name is inspired by our voyaging canoe, the "Hokulea," and the stars who guided the navigation of its first voyage, the voyages of our Polynesian ancestors, and the voyages that continue today. 

The Hokulea and its voyages have come to represent many things to the Hawaiian people. At its core is the idea of our connection to all things, all people. In addition, it is a symbol of the seemingly impossible things that can be accomplished through the dedicated work and commitment from many hands. To me, the Hokulea represents "Aloha," the love, gratitude and wisdom of the ancients.

It was a joy to make this quilt.  I may make another Hokulani quilt using fabrics of other colors, maybe using batiks, my favorite fabric; Hokulani 2, Hokulani 3 . . .

Thanks for looking!

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