We arrived at Kijoka, in about two hours from Naha.
The best feature of this trip was we could visit the show, “Basho-fu: now and bygone-days”.
That was a temporary show which was held in a sort of a community center.
The space was filled with old and new Basho kimonos(no glass cases!) and goods for everyday life made with Basho fiber.
There were some art pieces made by well known craft masters of Mingei Movement.
Although, Kijoka is not the only place for Basho-fu production, this cloth used to be woven throughout Sakishima Islands and Amami area.
Among all other Basho-fu producing areas, today, Kijoka is the only one which is recognized as a Basho-fu production district for “Traditional Craft” by Japanese government.
It looks so natural that Basho-fu has been produced in this place.
However, this natural looking scene is definitely a fruit of Toshiko Taira’s dedication.
Also Mingei leaders’ support and village people’s actual work made today’s Basho-fu.
Here is one article about the history.
Unfortunately, this lasted only for a week.