How do I look? Elephant wears Chibana hanaori outfit

How do I look? Elephant wears <em>Chibana hanaori</em> outfit

December 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

For three days from November 29 to December 1, the Chibana Hanaori Business Cooperative held its fourth exhibition at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum Children’s Center in Okinawa City. At the opening ceremony on the 29th, an elephant appeared dressed in a special Chibana hanaori outfit. Those watching enjoyed the unveiling of the extra large garment.

The exhibition showcased about 50 kimono and obi with the woven fabric that the Japanese government has designated as a traditional craft. There were also displays of costumes worn by people and horses in Okinawan traditional horseracing called umaharase. The exhibition attracted many visitors.

The organizers displayed and sold various craft items made of the woven fabric, such as bags, ties, wallets and cardholders. A working loom was displayed and visitors were encouraged to try weaving on it. The chairperson of the cooperative, Mika Hanashiro, said, “We want to treasure our links with people, and would like many people to use Chibana hanaori.”

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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