Vol.16 Shuri-ori, Okinawa | 沖縄 首里織

Japan | 日本,Okinawa | 沖縄

2018年12月 那覇・国際通りでの織物体験。


Tsuboya Pottery, Ryukyu Glass, Bingata Dyeing, and Shuri Weaving can be easily experienced in Naha. I stopped by the Traditional Crafts Museum to experience Shuri-ori weaving.
Shuri-ori is a general term for a variety of textiles that developed uniquely in the castle town of the Shuri Dynasty. Among them, Hanakura-ori and Dotun-ori were exclusive for royalty and aristocrats.
This time, we applied for the production of a tea mat made of Shuri-ori. After escaping the cat at the entrance and entering the classroom, a local woman explains the process. The yarn is purchased and dyed with local plants and trees.

The cat was stunned at the entrance, looking like it wanted to get in. Ton, slam, thump, thump, thump, thump, thump, thump,

The process is repeated in both directions, with the “tong" (pushing the thread through), “slam" (repositioning the legs), and “tong" (pushing the thread through twice) being repeated in both directions.

The pattern of the weave changes when you recombine the foot that you step on with a slap. Various patterns can be created by this combination.


I was able to make a cute tea mat in about 30 minutes.
After the experience, I visited an antique shop on Kokusai-dori. There were Okinawan fabrics such as Shuri-ori, Bingata Dyeing, Kumejima Tsumugi, Haebaru Hanaori, etc.The prices range from 100,000 to 600,000 yen, and customers come to the shop for ceremonial dresses and Ryukyuan dances.
During the bubble economy of the 1980s, they were sold to the main island at high prices.


While showing me the fabrics, I listened to the old lady of the store tell me stories about her past. She talked about Okinawa was U.S. after the war, playing on the unpaved Kokusai-dori Street, marrying into the family, and making a formal kimono for her daughter.
Okinawa has a different history from the main island, and I wonder if many traditional textiles have survived the waves of rapid growth and industrial products.