Workshop: Creating Bingata, Okinawa’s Vibrant Textile

November 8, 2015
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A wait-list will begin one hour prior to the workshop at the Box Office.

Explore the distinct hues of bingata, a resist-dyed textile originating in Okinawa filled with vibrant colors and embellished with intricate and unique patterns on each piece. Bingata, from "bin" (color) and "gata" (pattern), is created through a delicate process using a kata-gami (stencil) and the careful application of color and shading. This beautiful cloth was often worn by royal families, aristocrats and warriors of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Known for its dynamic colors accenting the elaborate designs, bingata shows off the vibrant and unique nature of Okinawa.

Workshop 1, 11:00 AM – SOLD OUT
Participants will create their own kata, the stencil employed in the bingata dyeing process, by using traditional patterns prepared specifically for the workshop. The kata itself can be also be utilized as a decorative item. All materials, including a frame for the kata, are provided. 

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Kata-making workshop

1:00 – 1:30 PM: Teatime–enjoy Okinawan sweets with tea and coffee

Workshop 2, 1:30 PM – SOLD OUT
Using bright pigments and striking colors, participants will have a chance to practice the bingata dyeing process. A kata is specifically designed and created for this special workshop.
1:30 – 2:00 PM: Teatime–enjoy Okinawan sweets with tea and coffee

2:00 – 4:00 PM: Bingata dyeing workshop

Tickets to each workshop: $30/$25 Japan Society members

Part of Okinawan Vibes
Japan Society presents a three-month-long series that introduces the unique culture of Okinawa, Japan’s southern islands, and highlights its sounds, flavors, colors and history.

Box Office Policy

This program is co-organized by Okinawa Prefectural Government.
  • Sunday, November 8, 2015
  • 11:00 am