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Quilt depicting the "Hawaiian Coat-of-Arms"

Rosina Kalanikauwekiulani Ayers's "Hawaiian Coat-of-Arms" Quilt

Generations of women have passed on Hawaiian quilting traditions since the early 19th century.  However, after the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, the design of the Coat-of Arms quilt  became a powerful symbol of allegiance to the queen. This quilt was a wedding gift to Rosina  Kalanikauwekiulani in 1898. She was a descendant of King Kamehameha I, who in 1810  established the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. It features four flags and, in the center, the Royal Coat of  Arms. The motto reads, “HAWAII PONOI / UA MAU KE EA O KA‘AINA IKA PONO,” or  “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” 

Unidentified Artist
Cotton, silk and wool
236.2 × 231.1 cm (93 × 91")
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution [TBC]