my Doton Ori obi (道屯織り）
I introduced lists of textiles created in Okinawa in my last blog entry; today, I am going to introduce some links related to the textiles of Okinawa, including one to Yomitan Hanaui, the village where I grew up.
Suprisingly, a TV program called "Tsurube no Kazoku ni kanpai" （鶴瓶の家族に乾杯）last week featured Yomitan village and the Gima area, and introduced Mr. Kinjo, a well-known carving artist who lives in Yomitan; the program also featured the Yomitan Hana Ori (Yuntan Zan Hana Ui in Okinawan language) factory (読谷山花織り工房). Here are some links for Ryukyu Textiles and Murasaki Mura in Yomitan, which offer many kinds of workshops of Okinawan cultural experiences, from practicing dance to making your own Kankara sanshin and Hana Ori.
Background of Ryukyu Kasuri (琉球絣黒潮のルーツを辿る旅）:
Textiles of Okinawa（沖縄の工房）：http://www.churanunu.net/info/index.html
Yomitan Mura Saki Mura Taiken Ohkoku (読谷体験王国村咲きむら）: http://murasakimura.com/
Junko's pictures at the Yomitan Mura Saki Mura taken in 2005: