読谷山花織 Yomitanzan-hanaori textiles

Yomitanzan hanaori is a textile produced in the village of Yomitan, Okinawa. The threads of this craft are first dyed before being woven in a geometric, flowerlike design. This craft is woven with silk or cotton threads dyed with plant-based dyes like indigo, fukugi, and sappanwood. Traditionally, the base fabric of Yomitanzan hanaori is navy blue, dyed with Ryukyu indigo and decorated with red, yellow, or white flower patterns. As it takes much time and effort to make, it was a highly valued textile which people other than members of the royal family or residents of Yomitan were strictly banned from wearing during the Ryukyu dynasty era.

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

読谷山花織(よみたんざんはなおり)は沖縄県中頭郡読谷村で作られている織物です。特徴は、織り地に先染めされた糸で花のような幾何学模様の文様を織り込んでいることです。