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Yaeyama Weave Hanging Art

Updated at 2024-05-25

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Yaeyama weaving originated on Taketomi Island. A distinct feature of Yaeyama weaves is the patchwork of four and five squares in succession. In Japanese, "five" and "four" are homonyms of "forever." Therefore, Yaeyama weaves were gifted by local women as a token of affection to men they admire. The excellent craftsmanship dates back to 1609 when the Japanese invaded Ryukyu and requested that Yaeyama weaves be provided as a form of tax payment. The locals, therefore, developed profound weaving skills. To reflect the climate of Okinawa, Yaeyama textiles are produced using hand-spun hemp or Chinese grass. They are lightweight and permeable, particularly suited for producing summer kimonos.

Details

Name
Yaeyama Weave Hanging Art
Giver
Yoshitaka Nakayama Mayor of Ishigaki
Friendly States
Japan
City
Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture

Language: Japanese
Area: 229.15 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 50,000 people
Main Industries/Features: Tourism, brewing

Category
Paintings、Handicrafts、Textiles
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