History of Yaeyama Minsah-ori
Based on the records of cotton cultivation and trade with China during the Ryukyu Dynasty, it is presumed that Minsah (traditional Okinawan textile) already existed around the 17th and 18th centuries.
How Minsah-ori is made
The textile is made by many processes, starting with the pattern design, followed by dyeing, reeling, warping, applying paste and stretching, Kasuri binding, temporarily putting threads through the reed, winding the warp threads, putting threads through the heddle, and weaving. In addition, most of the finished textiles are sewn and processed into finished products.
Obi belts, Yaeyama jofu fabric, and Gunbo (mixed fabric)
Our ancestors have been cultivating Ramie and Basho (banana fibers), which are still used today as materials for fabrics, since ancient times. Gunbo and Yaeyama jofu are examples of these fabrics.
Various collaborations have taken place between different industries with a shared appreciation for craftsmanship. We will showcase a few examples.