Yonaguni Fabrics

Situated on the extreme western boundary of Japan, records show that weaving on Yonaguni Island dates back some 500 years, and cloth was already being paid as a tax during the 1520s. During the difficult times after World War II, fishing nets were unraveled to provide yarn for this cloth, which is still woven by the women, who devote so much time producing this cloth that is very representative of the island's natural environment.

Some of the cloth is made up into formal kimono which are restrained and undemonstrative in character, represented by the itahanaori shidati and Yonaguni hanaori. The yarn dyed, plain woven traditional cloths are used for everyday kimono that have an appealing simplicity springing from the environment in which they are woven coupled with the sincerity of their makers


Yonaguni Ori is a rustic fabrics woven and dyed by hands of the people of Yonaguni. There are varieties such as patterned sidati and magnificent hana-ori, plain woven dutati for daily clothes and ridged kagan’nubu.

How to make

Threads are scoured, dyed, spooled, warped, glued, arranged for stripes, provisionally sleyed, taken up, confirmed, heddled through including hanasoko, sleyed, gaited, patterned, woven, washed, inspected and then become products.