Dazzling Ryukyu Beauty on Display at Okinawan Bingata Exhibit in Washington D.C.
November 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
From Special Correspondent Sakae Toiyama in Washington
The first ever overseas bingata exhibit titled, “Bingata! Only in Okinawa,” was unveiled at the George Washington University Museum’s Textile Museum in Washington D.C. on November 5.
Starting with bingata kimonos from the noble Sho and Fukuchi families, the collection comprises around 100 Japanese national treasures. Included in the collection, which is on display until January 20, 2017 are works by Yuko Tamanaha and bingata-style dresses designed by Kanna Yamauchi.
On the evening of November 4, an opening ceremony attended by around 220 museum-goers including Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae was held. Bruce P. Baganz, president of the Textile Museum’s board of trustees introduced the collection by saying, “Okinawa has a rich culture and tradition.” The Okinawa Culture, Tourism, and Sports Bureau Chief Mitsuyuki Maeda added, “I hope that through bingata, people will gain an interest in Okinawa.”
(Translated by TC&T and Sam Grieb)
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