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Traditional OKINAWA Crafts BINGATA

SHIROMA BINGATA 16th-generationEiichi Shiroma

SHIROMA BINGATA 16th-generation Eiichi Shiroma

“This is a job my grandfather and father did. If there are no changes from the older generations, there is no meaning to change generations. The “homework” given in each generation is also different.
I want my own style of BINGATA to be appreciated as a new value.”

Near Shuri Castle is where the BINGATA’s workshop is located.
Fresh, bold and yet intricate, Okinawa’s life force can be felt through the BINGATA dye.
BINGATA is a dyeing method created to dye the Ryukyu period’s royalty’s attire.
Since the Ryukyu period, the Shiroma family has been renowned as one of the big three BINGATA dyeing families.
Eiichi Shiroma is a 16th generation craftsman in a family that has passed down these techniques for around 300 years.

The Shiroma family continued through generations, and after the war, Eiichi’s grandfather resurrected BINGATA that had been wiped out. Eiichi’s father, on the other hand, took on very difficult jobs so he could preserve the skills. Each generation has its "homework" and unique character, so Eiichi feels that if nothing changes during his years, people will become bored. This is why he is determined to protect the 300 years of tradition and make it thrive.
And Eiichi is now on a big project - restoring Okinawa’s only National Treasure exhibited in Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. The power of the National Treasure inspired Eiichi a sense of awe, and gave him goose bumps. But he is determined to do this job.
Mibaru beach located in Nanjo city is a beach where you can see the true Okinawa Sea, unlike any other tourist beaches. For Eiichi, this is a special place. He has been visiting the beach since childhood, and it is a precious place where he can visualize his life’s dream.