Yuntanza Hana-ui Fabrics
Although it is uncertain actually when, some people think that this type of weaving came from the South because of its very particular floral designs. What is certain, however, is that the cloth was being produced in the 15th century because records show that gifts of this figured cloth were sent to Korea.There are also records of the cloth being presented to the King of Ryukyu from Java.
At the time it was an official cloth of the Ryukyu court and besides the residence of Yomitan, no one else was allowed to wear it. In the past, these cloths were woven in the hope of protecting the family, or given to a loved one.
The charming, finely described floral designs of this cloth stand out from their background and the tropical atmosphere is further fostered by the unmistakable feel of the ikat yarn. Various florals are made up into kimono cloth, or obi and even for table centers, each time a variation of weave and design being used.
Yomitanzan Hanaori features a lovely and delicate flower patterns on a ikat dyed fabrics which gives a tropical atmosphere. Patterns (such as sokobana, tebana and kasuri) to be applied depends on the kind of a product. For example, sokobana and kasuri for fabrics and sokobana, tebana and kasuri for sash and handkerchiefs.
How to make
Weft is thrown by a hand shuttle. Mon-ori is woven by using hanasoko or lacing shuttles. Threads are binded by hand and dyed with plants such as Ryukyu indigo, rhaphiolepis, garcinia and smilax. The thread is woven by takahata while applying hanasoko to warp threads.