We are plannng to present demonstrations of Ryukyu Bingata at our exhibition at museum shop, SOUVENIR FROM TOKYO（SFT）in The National Art Center, Tokyo（NACT）.
Ryukyu Bingata is a type of dyed textile that has been handed down for generations in Okinawa.
Bingata dyeing is believed to originate in the 14th century, during the Ryukyu Kingdom period.
Designs inspired by plants, landscapes and natural phenomena of the tropical land, as well as auspicious patterns that originate in China and Japan colorfully decorate the cloth. The repeated motifs give the impression as if the images are fluctuating: as if the painted flowers and butterflies are swaying in the wind, starting to move beyond their contour lines. It almost feels as if we are a part of the landscape.
The process of the bingata dyeing involves tingeing the patterns with pigment using stencils and other tools before dyeing the entire textile.
If you are interested in the textile of Ryukyu Bingata, please refer to the link here.