As researchers have amply demonstrated, quilts are a rich source of historical information. Quilt makers' beliefs, concerns, and emotions are often embodied in quilt motifs and names. Quilt making, bestowal, and use can reflect interpersonal ties and social conventions. Quilts can also convey economic circumstances, political convictions, and social commentary. In every aspect of their creation and use, quilts provide invaluable insights into peoples' lives and a society's history. Among Hawaiian quilts, one tradition in particular has much to tell about Hawai'i's past - the Hawwaiian Flag quilt.
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Hammond, Joyce D., "Hawaiian Flag Quilts: Multivalent Symbols of a Hawaiian Quilt Tradition" (1993). Anthropology. Paper 14.