My new Kukui Pillow Cover features a bright green blockprint on deep purple fabric. A dark gray basketweave trim borders the edges of the pillow cover. This was one of the first blockprints that I carved 7 years ago inspired by the beauty of our state tree and its connection to the Hawaiian culture.
“The Kukui tree is characterized by its light green foliage. The seeds were originally brought to Hawai’i by the first Polynesian voyagers. The nuts are made into lei and occasionally the flowers and leaves are made into wili style lei. The oil from the nut is used as a finish for canoes and calabashes, “candle”light, a preservative coating for fishing nets and a salve for the skin. The inner bark makes a red-brown dye for kapa.”