My name is Mari and I am the host of this site.
I moved from Japan to Fort Bragg, California in 2007, where I encountered fiber art and I have fallen love with it.
There is a dedicated and talented weaving culture in Northern California. Naturally, it didn’t take me long to get involved. The fact that so many American weavers love to know about the traditional techniques for weaving and dyeing in Japan, made me decided to undertake my own exploration. To think that I spent most of my life in Japan, and only recently began to study its richness….
As I prepared for my trip I contacted one of my friends from college (we were both specialized in physical education!). Yuko is a talented kimono weaver. She studied weaving in Ishigaki Island in Okinawa for four years in the late eighties.
In October, 2009 Yuko was visiting her teacher in Ishigaki Island, and I joined her……. it was the beginning of my adventure.
This is how ryukyutextile.com started.
Mari Yamaguchi: firstname.lastname@example.org