Special exhibition of royal costume held at Shurijo Castle
July 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
On July 4, at the golden palace of the Shurijo Castle Park in Naha, a special exhibition titled “Beautiful…orisen-I, II of Ryukyu kingdom” began. It will be on until September 17. It is the first time that a special exhibition has been held at the golden palace, which was restored in January this year. The exhibition showcases a pattern and sample book edited by the royal government for weavers who were obligated to make cloth for tribute to the royal palace. It shows also the yellow-colored muruduchiri costume pattern that was used. During the exhibition, a total of 51 works will be displayed.
Experts believe that this costume was the one worn by a royal family member in the 19th century. This is said to be as historically valuable as those included in a list titled “National Treasure: Ryukyu King Sho Family Related Documents.”
Yasuyuki Uezu, a curator of the Shurijo Castle Park , said, “We want many people who are interested in dyed or woven fabric works during the Ryukyu Kingdom era to visit the exhibition. There are a few preserved costumes with the muruduchiri pattern, which are national-treasure-class.”
The exhibition “Protect! treasure of Ryukyu” started on July 4 and goes until September 11 at the south palace in Shurijo Castle Park.
(English translation by T&CT)
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