The Mission House Collection
Debuting with a capsule collection of pillowcases and a luxury throw, the Mission House Collection was designed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Hawaiʻi's first printing press and the literary achievements that followed.
Read on to learn more about the collection and our design inspiration!
Did you know...
Did you know that the first printing press was introduced to the Hawaiian islands in 1822?
14 years later, Hawaiʻi had one of the highest literacy rates in the world, estimated between 91-95%.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the 2022 average literacy rate in the United States is 88%.
The printing press allowed Native Hawaiians to document and preserve important cultural treasures including their language, geneology, stories, and even music.
1. Wooden blocks were used to determine the size of the document and kept the metal plates in place.
2. Metal plates full of many little letter stamps were compiled together to form the words and sentances of the document.
3. Ink was then applied to the metal plates and pressed onto sheets of paper to create single-page flyers or multi-page newspapers and books.
The floral motif of this design speaks to the subjects of traditional Hawaiian Quilts and is a sophisticated nod to the art of quilting introduced by the missionaries in the 19th century.
A stylized design of the Pīʻāpā (Hawaiian alphabet) can be seen repeated through the background of the design.
The iconic white coral and wooden facades of the Mission homes against the blue Hawaiian sky influenced our use of color in this design.
We looked to the architecture and materials of the period, playing to soft natural hues and the organic beauty of the islands.
Your support matters.
We are excited to announce that 100% of proceeds from the Mission House Collection will be donated to the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site & Archives through September 30, 2022.