Monday, February 18, 2013

The Weaving of Flowers « Ryukyu Heritage Textiles

20/2 Cotton -- the Color of Shuri CastleShuri Hana Ori is a float weave structure that originated in Shuri, the capitol of the Ryukyu Kingdom, during the Ryukyu Kingdom period (15 – 19th century).  Shuri is located on Okinawa Island, Japan.

Hana means “flower” and “ori” means weaving in Japanese, therefore Shuri Hana Ori (or, Hana Ui in Ryukyuan) is essentially the “weaving of flowers”.  Shuri Hana Ori fabrics were historically woven with Ito Basho banana fiber or silk threads.  However, the designs may be woven with cotton and other fibers as well.

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