The Tapa Quilt

In Oceania, tapa, or kapa as it is known in Hawaii, was the staple fiber, the 'cloth of life'. Made from the bark of the mulberry tree, its uses were many: clothing, bedding, ornament, gifts.

Decorated with beautiful often geometric designs, kapa took on a symbolic significance. A gift of kapa from a chief or king was especially prized. A home was considered 'poor' unless it had kapa decorating its walls. In celebration of this tradition we have created our own 'fiber' design reminiscent of its tapa ancestors.