Words by Natsumi Yokoyama
Okinawa is Japan's southernmost peaceful Island.
“Hoosel", which make and sell local handmade accesorries, and its sister store “Katachiki” ,which adapt those accessories into today’s fashion item using Bingata method of dyeing developed in Okinawa , collaborated and opened new accessories brand “HABERU” in Okinawa.
HABERU means “butterfly" from archaic Okinawan word.
HABERU was named after for a couple of reasons. One reason is association from butterfly tie which is their feature product and the other reasons was desire wishing that Okinawan craftsmanship were spread through the people just like butterflies flying from flower to flower. That is where HABERU came from.
“I'm happay if I can have many more people know what we make, and have an interest in Okinawa itself through our products.” Mr. Kanae ,representative of HABERU, said.
Story of Bingata
Bingara is an Okinawan traditional resist dyed cloth. When Okinawa was once a small independent nation called the Ryukyu Kingdom, Bingata was far away from range of all people but that was only for man of rank. Low-rank people couldn’t even wear them at that time.
After that period, Bingata at once was just one step away from disappearance, but their ancestors tried to revive it till becoming one of the greatest traditional crafts of the prefecture.
Bridging Tradition and Today “Katachiki"
“Bingata used to be limited to those who had a power like a royal family, but we want more people come to feel more familiar with Bingata by wearing it.”?
said by Katachiki whose works, from design to finishing, are all hand-made by their skilled craftsman.
They’ve all grown up in Okinawa, so that they can feel climate and natural features which only they can feel. Their works which described casual daily scenery are full of warmth. They indeed serve as a bridge between traditional crafts and ordinaly days.