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Flower pattern textiles Haebaru hanaori

Beautiful patterns created by
flower filaments of many colors

Description

What is Flower pattern textiles ?

Haebaru flower patterned textiles called Haebaru Hanaori in Japanese, are made in the city of Haebaru in the Okinawa Prefecture. Plants harvested in the prefecture such as garcinia or Assam indigo are used to dye the yarns. Haebaru Hanaori can be characterized by their beautiful flower-like patterns that look three-dimensional. Many years of work and experience are necessary to perfect the techniques that make the detailed patterns of Haebaru Hanaori to look like embroidery at a glance.

History

The history of Haebaru Hanaori goes back to the Meiji period (1868-1912). In 1914, a school for girls was built in the city of Haebaru where many girls and women learned the traditional techniques of weaving flower patterned textiles. There, they modernized the traditional techniques to create a unique, new art. After World War II, the villagers that had survived lived in great poverty and started to collect different materials in the hope of restoring their art of textile. Producing their unique fabric was their main goal, and they have kept on reinventing it and adapting to changing customers' needs up to now.

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