Basho Fabric Studio
Taira Toshiko (97) spins thread every day at the Bashofu Hall. Following the instructions of company owner Ohara, who saw the end of the war while in Kurashiki, and who wanted to preserve and improve Basho fabrics, Basho fabric in Kijoka drastically changed course. Besides making kimonos, they began making waist bands, cushions, tapestries, bags and many new crafts. Presently, Bashofu fabrics face new challenges in the modern world, and are faced together with young talent.
Bashofu fabric begins with growing Musa balbisiana a type of banana known to Asia. Fibers are harvested from the tree for three years, then handspun, dyed and woven; the source of manufacturing clothing is done here in Okinawa. We are still seeking ways of introducing the greatness of this fabric that was once used to make haori for firefighters, and kimono for samurai, during the Edo period. Bashofu fabric is medicine you wear, it is healing.