A new project I’m working on is documenting Okinawa’s traditional textile industry. Oshiro-san makes looms, shuttles, spinning wheels and other equipment from his workshop in Haebaru.
His customers are usually Okinawan weavers, but he has once sent a spinning wheel all the way to Texas.
Oshiro-san, now 57, began to learn the craft from his father at age 22. He is now teaching his oldest son.
Images shot with natural light, Pentax 645Z with 35mm lens.
Wow this is amazing, I’m looking for a craftsman to work alongside me to create lightweight portable weaving looms for weaving workshops, do you have a contact for Oshiro-San? What a talented man.
Yes I can send you contact information, but he only speaks and reads Japanese.
That would be fantastic, thank you so much I’d much rather support a real crafts person then a factory.