Bingata and the Okinawa Rail

The Yanbaru Kuina, or the Okinawa Rail (Gallirallus okinawae),  is a beautiful bird endemic to Okinawa Island.  It is an unusual bird in that it is almost flightless.

Since the Yanbaru Kuina is an endangered species, i have worked to incorporate it into my bingata artwork as a reminder for us to cherish our natural environment…

Let’s take a peek at Yanbaru Kuina in its natural environment:  Yanbaru Kuina Video.  Isn’t Yanbaru Kuina lovely?

I recently incorporated my own interpretation of Yanbaru Kuina in a Bingata style textile.  How about if i provide a brief introduction to my Bingata dye work process with you?

First, i cut a reverse design stencil, then lay the stencil atop my handwoven cotton bag and applied a Nori resist paste…

Yanbaru Kuina Bingata – Nori Resist Paste

Note that I added color to the ordinarily white Nori resist paste so that i’m able to view the outline of my artwork atop the white cotton fabric.

Next, i painted my artwork with Bingata natural dyes…

Yanbaru Kuina Bingata – Natural Dye Pigments

After the Bingata natural dyes dried, i removed the Nori resist paste with running water.  Thereafter, the entire Bingata image was revealed…

How do you like my Yanbaru Kuina Bingata bag?

Yanbaru Kuina Bingata


Published by Ryukyu Heritage Textiles

Weaver. Fiber Artist. Photographer. Cook. Independent Traveler. Writer. Knitter. Fiber Spinner. Gardener. Geoscientist. Nature Lover. Angler. Marathoner. Wife. Observer. Taster. Technologist. Did i say Weaver?

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