Bingata ceremonial wrapping cloth: design of crane, tortoise and shōchikubai

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Bingata ceremonial wrapping cloth: design of crane, tortoise and shōchikubai

Textiles / Meiji

Okinawa prefecture

Meiji period

Tsutsugaki-dyed hemp

L.115.0cm W.115.0cm

Hand-dyed wrapping cloths in Okinawa prefecture are called uchukui in the local dialect. Bingata is often mistakenly thought to be a dyeing technique using stencils (紅 beni meaning red; 型 kata meaning stencil), but in Okinawa 紅 simply means color, so bingata is a name given to the entire group of fabrics bearing a rich color.

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