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Weave (p. 139 )

1. Produced in Shuriteramachi Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture.

2. Characteristics: Figured fabric, both silk and cotton, in which warp threads are raised. Two colored threads are used as warp and raised on both sides of fabric, and therefore, they are reversible. Threads, dyed with plant dyes, are woven in "Takahata"(high loom) and finished with unique fulling.

3. Uses: Clothes for higher class than the warriors.

4. History: The weaving technique of figured fabrics was transmitted from China in 1659. Okinawans produced their own fabrics since that time. The fabric was used for the court and for official costumes of the Dynasty.