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.