US Hawaiian Quilt: "'Ulu" Design
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â€˜Ulu translates to breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis). The breadfruit serves many functions. It is used for shade, food (the fruit when cooked tastes something like sweet potato), wooden objects and is a significant design source for Hawaiian quilting. In reference to the beginnings of Hawaiian quilting, one often hears the story of a woman who upon seeing the shadow of breadfruit leaves cast upon a sheet, traced the outlines, cut it out, and appliquÃ©d the pattern to a plain backing. It is believed that from this prototype, the bold, vegetative Hawaiian quilt designs flourished. It is also told that if the first quilt one makes is of theÂ â€˜uluÂ pattern, oneâ€™s talents will be abundant.