首里織 Shuri-ori

During the time of the Ryūkyū Kingdom, Okinawa was home to a varied profession of dyeing and weaving techniques that evolved and matured in consort with the climate and natural features of the islands. Shuri-ori is a general term for the seven types of weaving that remain in Shuri, which was the center of an elegant, refined weaving culture. Notably, Hanakura-ori, which combines mon-ori woven designs with “twisted-weave” mojiri-ori, is said to have been permitted to be worn only by the female nobility. The techniques of Shuri-ori were almost completely lost as a result of the Second World War, but were revived through research into cloth from the time of the Ryūkyū Kingdom that were found in Berlin.

首里織は、琉球王国の時代に栄えた首里の地で受け継がれてきた織物です。紋織や絣織り(かすりおり)など色々な種類がある首里織ですが、その中でも花倉織や道屯織(どうとんおり)は王家や貴族が着用し、首里でしか織ることができませんでした。