Trade flourished between the kingdom of Ryukyu and China and South East Asia during the 14th and 15th centuries and weaving techniques were learned through these exchanges. Nurtured by the Okinawan climate and developed over the centuries, a number of textiles, each with their own characteristic traits, came into being. One of these was a cloth produced in Shuri.
The court nobility and warrior families of this castle town found the color, patterns and quality of this cloth very appealing. And, as a stylistically poised cloth of boundless beauty, it is still being woven today.
Perhaps the most conspicuous feature of Shuri Ori is the colorful weaving of everything from figured cloths to ikats. Amongst these, hanakura-ori and doton-ori were produced for the exclusive use of the royal family and court nobility, and were only woven in Shuri. Cloth is still woven for kimono and obi but some is also used for table centers.
Shuri Ori is a colorful textile in every part of the fabric. Among them, hanakura-ori and doton-ori are woven exclusively in Shuri and worn only by kings and royalties.
How to make
Natural fibers (silk, cotton, hemp etc.)are dyed with plants such as garcinia, rhaphiolepis, myrica, smilax etc., to create traditional clothings such as Shuri Kasuri, Shuri hana-ori, Syuri doton-ori, Shuri hanakura-ori, Shuri Minsā and so on.