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Toshiko Taira – Japanese Living National Treasure

Bashofu is a textile made out of banana fibre. The only place still producing bashofu is a small workshop in Ogimi Village, Okinawa. It’s survival as a craft and art form is due to Toshiko Taira who is recognized as a Japanese Living National Treasure.

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Banana plantations owned by the Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall, Kijoka, Ogimi, Okinawa

Bashofu production at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall, Kijoka, Ogimi, Okinawa

Bashofu production at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall, Kijoka, Ogimi, Okinawa

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Toshiko Taira age 96 Japanese Living National Treasure, Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall, Kijoka, Ogimi, Okinawa

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Ryukyu Indigo plants for dye at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall, Kijoka, Ogimi, Okinawa

Indigo dying of bashofu at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall, Kijoka, Ogimi, Okinawa

Indigo dying of bashofu at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall, Kijoka, Ogimi, Okinawa

Bashofu production at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall, Kijoka, Ogimi, Okinawa

Bashofu production at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall, Kijoka, Ogimi, Okinawa

Bashofu kimono at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall, Kijoka, Ogimi, Okinawa

Bashofu kimono at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall, Kijoka, Ogimi, Okinawa

A real honor to photograph one of Okinawa’s icons.

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