琉球紅型 Ryukyu traditional textiles
Ryukyu Bingata is the dyed and woven textile produced in the area surrounding Shuri City in Okinawa Prefecture. Its origin goes back to the 14th to 15th century. The characteristics of Ryukyu Bingata are its rich colors and daring color combinations unique to tropical countries. Patterns vary from classic patterns to modern designs, including many patterns that do not exist in the environment of Okinawa. There are a number of classic patterns in particular that distinctively show the influence of mainland Japan, China or Southeast Asia. Ryukyu Bingata with its bright colors has been handed down through the generations and is a textile full of mystery that blends in with nature in Okinawa.
For more detailed information including a description, history, and the general production process, please see the Kogei Japan: Traditional Crafts of Japan website.