Fall Symposium: Only in Okinawa: Textiles and Traditions of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Known as the Ryukyu Kingdom until 1879, Okinawa has a rich tradition of textile production and design, including the unique resist-dye method known as bingata. Inspired by the exhibition Bingata! Only in Okinawa, the 2016 fall symposium will feature five distinguished scholars from Okinawa—folklorists, curators, and historians of textiles and theater—who will provide a broader context for Okinawa’s celebrated textile art. Presented in partnership with the Okinawa Prefecture Government.

Symposium Presentations

Traditional Okinawan Welcoming Dance
Performed by Michihiko Kakazu, artistic director and director for planning and production, National Theatre Okinawa

An Overview of the Exhibition Bingata! Only in Okinawa
Lee Talbot, curator and symposium moderator

An Overview of Okinawa’s Unique History
Masayuki Dana, director of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum

The Impact of Okinawa’s Folk Culture on its Clothing
Toshiaki Hagio, director of the Cultural Assets Division, Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education

Tracing the History and Appeal of Bingata
Ichiko Yonamine, chief curator of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, and researcher of dyed and woven textiles

Ikat, Gauze, and Other Textiles from the Islands of Okinawa
Kyoko Syukumine, holder of the Okinawa Prefecture Intangible Cultural Properties designation Honba Shuri no Orimono (textiles of Shuri)

Bingata Textiles Made for the Stage
Michihiko Kakazu, artistic director and director for planning and production, National Theatre Okinawa


Rates: $40/museum members; $50/public. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Register online or call 202-994-7394. 

Select space is reserved for GW students, faculty, and staff; to register, please contact Tom Goehner at [email protected]