喜如嘉の芭蕉布 Kijoka banana fiber cloth

Kijoka No Bashofu refers to woven cloth produced in Ogimi Village, Okinawa. Bashofu is made from the fibers of the Japanese banana plant called Basho, and has been worn in kimono among commoners in Okinawa since ancient times. Kijoka No Bashofu is characterized by its smoothness, lightness, air permeance, thinness and strength. Described as “the wing of a dragonfly,” it is less likely to stick to the skin even in a humid climate and highly valued by people of Okinawa.

For more detailed information including a description, history, and the general production process, please see the Kogei Japan: Traditional Crafts of Japan website.

喜如嘉の芭蕉布(きじょかのばしょうふ)は、沖縄県北部の大宜味村(おおぎみそん)喜如嘉で作られている織物です。芭蕉と呼ばれる大きな植物から繊維を取り出し織られたもので、特徴は、風通しのよいさらりとした生地であることです。