Yaeyama MinsaYaeyama Minsaa
Because we come from Afghanistan through Chugoku, and, in the early 16th century of the King prefecture era, use of cotton cloth (mincer) is written down,
It is thought that mincer has been already woven these days in the Yaeyama district. In addition, it is said that the name of Yaeyama Minsa came from narrow obi (Sir) of cotton (min). There is custom to go, and to give man of heart from woman in the times of getting married, and design of five four is said to be "thing which promised love not to change to what time of world either".
There are records confirming that a cotton cloth or minsaa which had originated in Afghanistan and had been brought to the Ryukyus from China was in use at the beginning of the 16th century at the Ryukyu court. It seems fairly certain, therefore, that minsaa was already being woven in the Yaeyama area about this time. The name minsaa is derived from min meaning cotton and saa meaning narrow band.
In the past, a woman would give a minsaa to a man she loved, the four or five patterns woven into the cloth being a sign of unfailing affection.
Both warp and weft threads are cotton and the ikat threads are tied by hand. The dyestuff is usually indigo producing a sea-blue like background on which the pattern is picked out in white in beautiful contrast. The main products are obi sashes for men and women and ties.
|Industrial art object name
|Classification of industrial art object
||Men's things zone, woman's obi, tie, accessory
|Main production area
||Okinawa / Ishigaki-shi, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun
|The designation date
||April 11, 1989
■local production associations
■Associated exhibit space, facility
The origin is the before 17th century. The etymology is not sure, but it is said that narrow obi "cotton narrow obi" of cotton became "mincer". Cloth with splashed pattern is yarn-dyed vertical ribbed fabric of indigo plant by hand binding. Obi for man who five cloth with splashed pattern and four cloth with splashed pattern were arranged in turn, and had meaning "for a long time until what time of life".
The origin of Yaeyama Minsa goes back to times older than 17th century. Also the etymology is uncertain, although it is said that the word “Mensaobi (narrow cotton sash)” became Minsa. Kasuri is is bundled by hand, dyed indigo beforehand, and woven corduloy. The sash is worn by men. Kasuri patterns with four and five rectangular shapes are placed alternatively to pray for longevity.
How to make
We throw out hand to shukatsu (kuku) ride, yarn-dyed vertical furrow texture, implantation of weft and weave cloth with splashed pattern using shuttle (hi) or sword shuttle.
Kasuri is bundled by hand, dyed ikat and woven corduloy using hand shuttle or Tojo (blade shuttle).
Voice from production center
Yaeyama Minsa is woven with cotton thread. Thread is finished dyeing in hue of southern country-like nature with plant dye growing wild in hills and fields. Including obi for man, obi, mat, tie for woman, bag material are woven, too.