Yonaguni Orimono

Okinawa, Kyushu

Yonaguni-orimono is a generic name for the cloth produced on the island of Yonaguni-jima, located in the far southwest of the Japanese archipelago. The majority of the cloth has flower-like patterns in red and yellow on a black and white check-striped fabric. The area has a long history of textile production, believed to date from around 500 years ago. Located close to the Asian continent, trade with the continent was conducted from early times, with this cloth being the main item traded. A story has it that after World War II, a shortage of resources made it difficult to procure yarn, and consequently the people of the region had to weave cloth using the unraveled threads of fishing nets. These days cloth is produced for kimono, obi, tapestries and the like. In 1987, Yonaguni-orimono was designated a traditional craft by the Japanese government.


Traditional Craft Technical Hall, 175 Yonaguni, Yonaguni-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa
[Car]Yonaguni Airport/ Taxi/ 10-min. ride

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