Bingata ~ A traditional dye method flourished in the south of Japan, Okinawa ~

Are you familiar with "Bingata"?
Bingata is a mixed technique of dyeing and stenciling developed in Okinawa which is an island located down south in Japan. They have had their own culture flourish for centuries by being affected by various southern Asian countries.

Masako has been in love with this dye method and finally could meet one of the craftsmen at her studio/shop on Sesoko island.

Benikichi. That's the name of the shop.

She was painting when we entered the shop. It will become a parasol which Masako was dying to buy, but unfortunately she didn't carry any stock of then.

She was moving around the studio.

They are creations for sale. It was so difficult to choose which to buy, as all looked so beautiful and special. 

This is what I chose! A pieced coaster and pincushion! 
I don't know why , but somehow it reminds me of Scandinavian design. 

Masako, the artist and me.

Here is a link of her website.

If you wish to learn more about Bingata, please visit this website which teaches you the history and its details. (click here)

I'd like to share some photos of the beautiful beach on Okinawa.

I was wearing a sweater as the weather was chillier than it was supposed to be.
But we had lots of sunshine and enjoyed terrific ocean views.