Churashima Textiles — The Magic of Color and Pattern

The Shoto Museum of Art

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[Image: Lined costume in Bingata dyeing, National Treasure: Ryukyu King Sho Family Related Documents, 18th-19th century, Naha City Museum of History 【Exhibition period:8/27~9/8】]

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Before the Meiji Era, Okinawa, popularly known as “Churashima” (beautiful islands) flourished as the Ryukyu Kingdom and had a unique and thriving dyeing and weaving culture. This exhibit focuses on woven and dyed goods passed down by the Sho Ryukyu royal dynasty that are national treasures of the highest quality and dyed with Okinawan traditional techniques such as bingata. The notable items on display will include bashofu and jofu (woven fabric of specific plants), and the exhibition will offer new research findings on dyeing various modern works, including by Living National Treasures, and introduce the current state of dyeing and weaving in Okinawa.

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from August 10, 2019 to September 23, 2019

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