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Published: 06 March 2021

By Andy Ross

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The lost textile of Ryukyu

From the 15th to the 19th Century the Ryukyu Kingdom had a unique culture known for its woven and dyed textiles.

After the Second World War efforts were made to breathe new life into some of the traditions, in danger of disappearing completely. One fabric, "ton-byan" however remained elusive until Japan's leading textile designer, Sudo Reiko, undertook a journey to find out its secrets. That fascinating story is told in a film, available until November 2021. Make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and lose yourself for a little while in something extraordinary.