Sugar Cane Dye

When my Okasan (mother) was a little girl, she remembers the local villagers processing newly cut sugarcane.  She was often given a piece of cane as a treat on the way home from school by those working the cane in Izumi Village.

Old Time Sugarcane Mill

Now, many Okinawans use sugarcane for dyeing.  As in most Ryukyuan dye methods, dried or fresh plants are fermented to extract the dyes.

Okinawa Sugarcane

Sugarcane dye yields a beautiful green and yellow color…i like combining Ryukyu natural dye methods with the Bingata resist dye method…

Cotton Plain Weave...Sugarcane Dye...Bingata Surface Design

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