宮古上布 Miyako ramie textile

Miyako jofu is a textile produced on the island of Miyakojima, Okinawa prefecture. It is woven from a fabric called ramie and dyed with Ryukyu indigo, a type of indigo native to Okinawa. This textile has a fine kasuri pattern and a smooth and lustrous texture with a waxy appearance. The fibers for the fine threads are individually pulled out from the ramie plant by hand. As a result, textile woven with these threads has a good air permeability and is strong enough to last for three generations. Miyako ramie is one of Japan’s four major fiber textiles. As a high quality indigo dye textile, it has been designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Asset of Japan.

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

宮古上布(みやこじょうふ)は、沖縄県宮古島で作られている織物です。苧麻(ちょま)という麻の繊維で作った糸で織られる麻織物で、琉球藍で染めて作られます。細い糸で織られる精緻な絣模様とロウを引いたような光沢のある滑らかな風合いが特徴です。