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Hawaiian Quilt Masterpieces Hardcover – August 18, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Universe; First Edition edition (August 18, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883633965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883633960
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

First brought to the islands by missionaries and traders in the late 19th century, quilting in Hawaii adapted to the physical and cultural environment of the islands to become a distinctive art form. The earliest quilt in this collection of Hawaiian masterworks dates from 1874 and the most recent from 1995. Following the format of his earlier Quilts: A Living Tradition (LJ 2/1/96), Shaw includes a detailed color photograph, a historical introduction, and a critique for each of the 48 quilts. Essential for textile history collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"...insightful guide to the vibrant quilts from the islands by leading authority Robert Shaw." ~Detroit News

"Robert Shaw, an expert on American folk art and crafts, provides backstory and historical placement for each quilt, along with an overarching essay on the custom as a whole." ~CoolHunting.com

“Shaw details the history of quiltmaking on the islands and presents 48 Hawaiian quilts dating from the 1880s to the late 1990s. Each quilt appears as a full-page image, accompanied by a short essay, presenting gorgeous floral patterns and appliqué work that form a distinct, ever-evolving style.” ~American Style Magazine

“This thoughtful, full-color book celebrates Hawaii’s quilt-making tradition.” ~Generations Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Robert Shaw is a gifted communicator who lectures, writes, curates, and consults on many aspects of American folk arts and crafts. His many critically acclaimed books include American Quilts: The Democratic Art, Hand Made, Hand Played: The Art and Craft of Contemporary Guitars, The Art Quilt, America's Traditional Crafts, and American Baskets. He has curated exhibitions at major museums and expositions in the United States, Europe, and Japan, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival.; contributed to numerous books and exhibition catalogs; written articles for The Magazine Antiques, Early American Life, Sports Afield, Fiber Arts, and other periodicals; and served as a consultant to museums, private collectors, and Sotheby's auction house. His web sites are www.roberteshaw.com and www.artofthequilt.com.

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Excellent information and great pics.
artist in residence
This unique and beautiful category of quilting is not well publicized or documented and this book is an excellent review of the genre.
C. Smith
This was my first Hawaiian QUILT book and a great addition to my quilt book library.
The Queen of Bean Station

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mary Z. Cox on August 12, 2000
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If you love Hawaiian quilting--this is a volume you shouldn't miss. This is not a "how to" manual. It is a history of classic Hawaiin quilts accompanied by color plates that left me spellbound. The designs are incredible and well worth study. I've held a fascination with the possible direct connection between early Hawaiian quilts and the Baltimore Album quilts of the the Eastern coast. This may be the only book with color plates of some of these beautiful early quilts that would offer clues to this connection. My favorite designs in this volume are Anthurium by Mary Manoi and Coconut and Pineapple by Meali'i Kalama. It is of no consequence to me that this is not an instructional manual as I do not anticipate ever being able to quilt one of these masterpieces. It is, however, a one of a kind book and I urge you to treat yourself while it remains in print. Mary Z. Cox
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By #1 Collector on April 11, 2011
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While sailing on a recent NCL cruise ship I came across this book in the ship's library. Each day I went back and read more. The pictures were wonderful. I decided I needed my own copy of the book and I am very pleased I was able to purchase it and add it to my personal library. It hits all the various Hawaiian quilt designs with a description without boringly being over long.
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By Terry D. on July 9, 2014
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I love the beauty and tradition of Hawaiian quilts. I have two from my grandmother. I love these heirlooms. Thanks!
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I enjoyed this book and the photos, narratives and backgrounds added much depth to the book. This was my first Hawaiian QUILT book and a great addition to my quilt book library.
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