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The Ryukyu Kasuri ikat hall is a tourist destination where you can experience the making process of weaving the traditional Haebaru Hanaori. You can easily access from Naha-airport. Free parking lots are available.
- Phone number0988-89-1634
- ParkingCar：10 free parking
- TagTraditional artcraftField tourExperienceWeavingHaebaru
- Hours9:00～17:30（The last entry is 17:00）
Kasuri ikat was inherited from Southeast Asia during the Ryukyu kingdom era. Naha and Shuri started to make them. Haebaru town was also known as the town prospered in weaving. Ryukyu Kasuri ikat and Haebaru Hanaori before the WWⅡ. The traditions have been inherited to this day. The place is to hand down the traditions and culture to the next generation and visitors to the hall. You can observe the ikat making and even experience it!
Scenery of Traditional weaving
Haebaru-town conducts the training to raise technical experts who inherits the weaving technique. You can observe the process of making. The technical experts put their heart in weaving the colorful kimonos. You will be fascinated by the weaving sound.
Ryukyu kasuri ikat products exhibits and selling
At the Ryukyu Kasuri ikat hall, you can purchase the Ryukyu Kasuri and Haebaru Hanaori products. There are Kimono, kimono sash belt, bag, wallet, tie and so on. It's a good souvenir which you can feel the tradition and culture of Ryukyu.
Experience the Ryukyu kasuri weaving
For 1000 yen, you can experience the Ryukyu Kasuri weaving. An instructor will teach one-to-one. Coaster making is very popular among kids to adults. you can experience the traditional Okinawan artwork. You need a reservation in advance.
Little tidbits of Ryukyu Kasuri ikat hall
Ryukyu Kasuri ikat hall was built in 1980 to exhibit the traditional Ryukyu Kasuri ikat which was inherited from Southeast Asia and China. After the several renovations to make the hall for senior visitors welcome, the renovation of the hall was completed in 2014. The building is two-storied. The experience and observe the traditional weaving and dyeing space and the shop is on the 1st floor.
Kasuri is the technic name of weaving. The origin of the word came from the "Moyou ga kasureta you ni mieru" which means "The pattern looks blurred." The kasuri was inheritedto Okinawa during 14-15 century. At first only few people were allowed to wear the clothes, However, Kasuri becomes popular among the public when it becomes the Meiji era(1868). Haebaru town started to became popular of its weaving industry from Taisho era(1912). Many weaving unions were formed and the big operations were run made the town the biggest producing area of the Kasuri ikat. The town got a harsh damage during the WWⅡ, However, people put a lof of efforts to Japan's postwar rehabilitation. In 1975, Ryukyu Kasuri business cooperative association was established in Haebaru town. After that, Ryukyu kasuri ikat hall was built to inherite people about the Ryukyu kasruti and Haebaru hanaori weaving technic and products.
The difference between the Ryukyu kasuri ikat and Haebaru Hanaori, is the Ryukyu kasuri has been made in Haebaru town and Naha-city. On the other hand, The Haebaru Hanaori has been made in only Haebaru town and it continue to evolve. Haebaru hanaori use Ryukyu indigo,Garcinia,and Rhaphiolepis indica to dye the fabric. The pattern is beautiful as a flower and is gorgeous and look solid. Every year, people gather to the Ryukyu kasuri ikat hall to learn the technic of the weaving to inherit to the next generation.
There is a Kasuri road next to the hall where you can see the historical town of making Ryukyu kasuri ikat and Haebaru hanaori. While you are walking the street, you will hear the sound of weaving. Each workshop on the Kasuri road has their symbol mark sign. The plants that are used as dyeing ingredients are planted along the street. It's the best place to learn about the history of Okinawan culture and traditions!
Ryukyu kasuri ikat hall Informarion
|Name||Ryukyu kasuri ikat hall (Ryukyu Kasuri business cooperative association)|
Postcode:901-1112 157 Aza Motobu Haebaru-town Okinawa
It takes about 15 minutes from Okinawa Express "Haebaru North IC"
It takes about 5 minutes from Haebaru city office mae bus stop by walking (No.40 Ozato line / No.109 Ozato line)
9:00-17:30 (The last entry is by 17:00)
Holiday,New year's day, Kyubon(a custom to commemorate one’s ancestors)
Admission is free
How to pay
Experience weaving : 1000 yen
Shops for Ryukyu Kasuri ikat is available
For experience weaving must have reservation in advance
car ; 10 free parking lots
You are not allowed to smoke
You are not allowed to take picture at the hall
A little advise from Churashima travel
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Ryukyu kasuri ikat hall is where you can experience the traditional Okinawan weaving and purchase Original goods.
For experience the weaving is 1000 yen.
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