The Origins of Banana-fibre Cloth in the Ryukyus, Japan

Katrien Hendrickx

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Part I: Historical background

1. The Ryukyu Archipelago

2. Outline of the history of Ryukyu/Okinawa and presentation of sources

Part II: Review of sources

1. Sources regarding weaving and dyeing in the ryukyu Archipelago

2. Sources regarding bashà´fu in the Ryukyu Archipelago

Part III: Musa-fibre weaving in East and Southeast Asia

1. Existing theories on the origins of ito bashà´ and banana-fibre weaving in Ryukyu

2. Sources on Musa-fibre weaving in East and Southeast Asia

Part IV: Bashà´fu in the Ryukyu Archipelago today

1. Early fieldwork

2. Taira Toshiko and the revival of banana-fibre weaving in Kijoka

3. Banana-fibre weaving as 'important cultural property' of Japan

4. Material examples of bashà´fu today

5. The production of bashà´fu today

6. Usefulness of the fibre banana plant

Format: Monograph - hardback

Size: 240 × 160 × 20 mm

336 pages

ISBN: 9789058676146

Publication: October 17, 2007

Series: Studia Anthropologica 12

Languages: English

Stock item number: 50083