Urasoe-ori is a registered regional brand that features the use of handspun silk thread made from cocoons of silkworms cultivated in Urasoe City. All production processes from thread spinning, dyeing and weaving are carried out collectively. The delicately handspun silk is light and airy, making finished fabric warm on the skin in winter and cool in hot summer months. Silk thread is predominantly made into a variety of garments and textile goods using techniques in plain weaving.
Conceptualized as a new regional speciality for the municipality of Urasoe, Urasoe-ori began in October 2006 as a city project to train and nurture budding artisans in the art of textile weaving. While focusing on the allure of traditional “te-shigoto” (handcrafting), Urasoe-ori has been widely used in kariyushi wear, a popular form of casual business attire in Okinawa. The regional brand has also made forays into designing and producing daily fashion wear items that feature the use of traditional weaved textiles.
|Place of manufacture||Urasoe City|
|Main Products||Kariyushi wear, neckties, ornamental cloth etc.|
|Partnership name and date of establishment||Cooperative Association for Urasoe-ori, May 22nd, 2017|
|Source||*Source: Official website for the Cooperative Association for Urasoe-ori (https://urasoeori.or.jp)|