Ryukyuan traditional patterns digitalized

Ryukyuan traditional patterns digitalized

Cards depicting various Okinawan traditional patterns. At the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art museum on February 26.

March 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Crafts Promotion Center has assembled about one thousand Ryukyuan traditional patterns in a database. These patterns are used for Okinawan lacquer wares, bingata, Okinawan traditional resist dyed cloth, and textiles collected in museums and resource centers in the prefecture. The center will start a trial service to allow craft workers to view the data on its website from April. It has created cards of these patterns in order to demonstrate their characteristics and try out new combinations of patterns. The center carried out the project to promote Okinawan traditional crafts and industries and encourage Okinawan craft workers to create new craft products and apply Ryukyuan traditional patterns to designs for various industries.

This is one of several projects being supported by the Okinawa Prefectural Government to promote Okinawan traditional crafts. The center reported the results to the 41st Okinawa Crafts Promotion Center Exhibit, which started at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art museum on February 26.

The database classifies the various patterns according to lacquer wares and bingata, which make the site easy to navigate through. For the exhibit, the center suggested to engrave these patterns electronically and create lacquer wares and interior panels.

(English translation by T&CT)

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