Aloha and welcome to our home page. Our brick and mortar shop in Kaimuki on the island of Oahu was open for 14 years. Since 2005, I have operated our business from my website and mainly focus on teaching traditional Hawaiian Quilting at various locations around Oahu.
Quilting was first introduced to the Islanders of the Hawaiian Islands by missionaries in 1820.Then, the Hawaiians were being taught methods of piecing scraps of fabric to make a large quilt. Also, they learned "snowflake" paper cutting. Because they had no bags of scrap fabrics, they began to create designs on larger pieces of fabric, using their environment: trees and flowers, for inspiration.
As time went on, though the missionaries taught geometric quilting techniques, the echo style became the more popular method and soon became the traditional Hawaiian quilting style.This method was more compatible with the "snowflake" design applique´ used in a Hawaiian quilt.
In the past, Hawaiian quilts have been connected with many taboos.This resulted in many old quilts being destroyed and patterns strictly guarded. Today, these designs are being shared with the rest of the world by lovers of Hawaiian quilting who wish to see this unique art form survive and prosper. Kwilts 'N Koa is proud to be part of this Renaissance.
Aloha, Kathy Tsark
In addition to our products featured below, we do custom ordered quilts in any size. Contact us with your questions and needs on custom quilting.
• Quilts and Wall Hangings
• Baby Quilts
• Pillow Kits
• Vests, Potholders, Christmas Stockings and Tree Skirts