Updated at 2022-04-17
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.
Area: 229.15 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 49,663
Main industries: Tourism, brewing