Ulu Leaf Queen Size Hawaiian Style Quilt
Ulu (breadfruit) leaf petroglyph design quilt. The ulu is prolific throughout most of the Pacific Islands. It is a staple for many of the people of oceania, and it represents prosperity. Ulu is a traditional topic for Hawaiian quilts dating back one hundred years.
Queen size measures 88" x 90" with two 26" x 20" shams and one 18" x 18" cushion cover. Due to the handmade nature of this product, quilt may vary in size +/- 2".
This quilt is hand painted in Bali by skilled artisans. The design is sketched on the fabric, then traced with hot wax that soaks into the fabric. Next, artists hand paint within the wax outline to create a unique design. This will become the top part of the quilt.
After the dye has set, the fabric is immersed in a bath of boiling water to melt out the wax. The top piece is dried and ironed. A sandwich is created with this top piece, cotton batting and a similarly sized bottom piece. Finally, a talented seamstress puts decorative stitches that echo the outline of the design.
The entire process is incredibly labor intensive. During any step, multiple things can go wrong that would require the designer to scrap the project and start over. No two pieces are exactly alike. You may see small marks outside the main body of the design where the artist has gone "outside the lines." These minor brush strokes are part of the character of each piece, and a testament to the quilt's handmade nature.