Okinawa, Photography
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Oshiro-san, the loom maker

 

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.

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Oshiro Yoshimasa (57) carpenter making weaving looms , Haebaru, Okinawa 大城織機製作所

His customers are usually Okinawan weavers, but he has once sent a spinning wheel all the way to Texas.

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Oshiro Yoshimasa (57) carpenter making weaving looms, Haebaru, Okinawa 大城織機製作所

Oshiro-san, now 57, began to learn the craft from his father at age 22. He is now teaching his oldest son.

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Oshiro Yoshimasa (57) carpenter making weaving looms , Haebaru, Okinawa 大城織機製作所

Images shot with natural light, Pentax 645Z with 35mm lens.

3 Comments

  1. 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.

      • That would be fantastic, thank you so much I’d much rather support a real crafts person then a factory.

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