Ryukyu Bingata Group

Group Introduction

The Ryukyu dynasty once prospered as an independent nation. The Shiroma and Chinen families are retransmitting to the world the designs of Ryukyu Bingata and that we have kept the same quality just as when it was made as clothing for royalty.

Ryukyu Bingata is a traditional dyeing technique from Okinawa that has existed since the Ryukyu dynastic period (15th to the 19th century). Among the three Ryukyu Bingata families who have practiced Bingata since the dynastic period and still preserve it in their techniques to this day, our group formed by the Shiroma and Chinen families aims to expand Ryukyu Bingata overseas.

Ryukyu Bingata is the only stencil dyeing technique in the world that makes use of pigments, and its designs are full of the diversity that originates from the historical background of Ryukyu as a country involved in trade. Colors that make use of pigments and dyes have the special, elegant beauty and glossiness of Bingata.

Today, Bingata as a textile is developed by using ethical methods in Ryukyu Ethical Textile’s creation process. Together with similar products, Ryukyu Bingata will be delivered to textile markets around the world.

Products and services related to this program

In response to ethical textiles that make use of the strained lees of sugarcane known as bagasse, our main product of Ryukyu Ethical Textile uses dye made from Assam indigo that is the waste from what has been used to make kimonos. We also develop jackets and other things that make use of transfer printing Bingata in accordance to ethical textiles.

Also, while presenting Ryukyu Bingata itself, we will present other new products such as scarves.

A glossy Ryukyu design originating from the dynastic period

Ryukyu Bingata is a traditional dyeing technique that has continued for over 300 years. Nowadays, it is mainly used for kimonos. In order for a wider range of people to enjoy these products, we have also applied modern factors to our Bingata designs that are different from the traditional ones.

Ryukyu Ethical Textile

Ryukyu Ethical Textile has been developed by making use of the scrap material from sugarcane and the waste from Assam indigo. We created it by putting serious thought into how to use resources effectively to make sure it’s ethically produced. The image is a product sample of a jacket. The lining makes use of the Bingata textile.

HAO Ryukyu Bingata scarf

This is a collaboration item between the Aizu cotton producing region and Ryukyu Bingata. The Chinen Bingata research institute devises designs that cannot be represented using kimonos. They make use of one of Ryukyu Bingata's stencil dyeing techniques called "Oborogata" and produce delicate and bold representations.

Strength of this group

  • Ryukyu Bingata is the sole traditional dyeing technique in the world that makes use of pigments
  • It was developed by combining the beautiful designs from various historical cultures centered around Japan, China, and Southeast Asia
  • This is an initiative done with the cooperation of two workshops that have continued since the Ryukyu dynastic period
  • Ryukyu Bingata products are for the first time developed using ethical textiles
  • We have prepared an extensive product lineup many people can enjoy that’s not only limited to kimonos

Overseas mission goals

Target country for the overseas mission United States, New York
Type of expansion (JV, export, factory, etc.)
  • Export