Museum of Natural History
Quilting was introduced to Polynesia when Christian missionaries arrived
in the late nineteenth century. Today, Polynesian quilters combine Western
quilting techniques with Polynesian barkcloth traditions and Island inspired
patterns to create a distinctive quilting aesthetic. In 1983, the Museum
of Natural History hosted an exhibit of Polynesian quilts made in Utah
to highlight this local vibrant art form.
of the Utah Arts Council
Photo by Carol Edison
UMNH Exhibit 1983
Polynesian Gift to Utah is made possible by a
generous grant from the R. Harold Burton Foundation.
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