八重山ミンサー Yaeyama cotton cloth


Yaeyama minsa is a fabric produced in the town of Taketomi, Yaeyama district and the city of Ishigaki, Okinawa prefecture. The origin of this craft is not clear but it is thought that the kasuri belt was brought to Okinawa from Afghanistan via China. This cloth has a ribbed texture with stripes and kasuri patterns woven with cotton threads that have been dyed with indigo for both the warp and weft.

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

八重山ミンサー(やえやまみんさー)は、沖縄県八重山郡竹富町や石垣市で作られている織物です。アフガニスタン地方で見られる絣の帯が中国を経由して伝わったものだと考えられています。木綿糸を使って織られるたてうね織りで、縞と絣の柄が使われることが特徴です。