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The origins of banana-fibre cloth in the Ryukyus, Japan

 

Auteur: Katrien Hendrickx

Engels - eBook (PDF)

336 pagina's  |  Universitaire Pers Leuven  |  april 2017

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The Japanese word bash˘fu literally means 'banana-fibre cloth'. Both the cloth and the clothing made from it are now considered important constituents of Okinawan identity. This special trait of Okinawan material culture was brought to attention by the Japanese Folk Craft Movement in the 1930s. After years of decline following World War II, the weaving and use of bash˘fu saw a revival that accelerated after the return of Okinawa to Japan in 1972 and still continues. Although today bash˘fu receives considerable attention because of its status since 1974 as one of Japan's important intangible cultural properties, its origins and history had remained hidden. In this book Katrien Hendrickx searches for the origins of bash˘fu in the Ryukyus, including the origins of ito bash˘, the plant that provides the raw material, and studies the yarn-making methods and weaving techniques. She also focuses on why and how the Ryukyuan people adopted those techniques and introduced them into their own society. By careful analysis of all available sources, considered from viewpoints that sprang from fields as various as pure history, phytohistory, philology, ethnography, and folklore, Hendrickx convincingly proves that bash˘fu was introduced in the Ryukyus from Southern China, and not from Southeast Asia as is commonly argued. Her overview of present-day bash˘fu-weaving and its use also provides valuable insights into the situation of folk-craft within Okinawan society during the second half of the 20th century and up to the present-day.

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Auteur(s)Katrien Hendrickx
Soort boek eBook, 336 pagina's
Bestandstype PDF
Uitgever Universitaire Pers Leuven , Verschijningsjaar: 2017
ISBN-13 9789461660497
ISBN-10 9461660499
Taal Engels
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