Okinawa Minsah

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Okinawa Minsah | Okinawa Traditional Textile

Okinawa Minsah | Okinawa Traditional Textile

Minsa is a type of traditional Okinawan textile that developed about 400 years ago. It was during this time that Okinawa started to produce cotton, which they dyed with indigo to produce minsa. A traditional minsa pattern consists of four and five small rectangles. These rectangles represent eternal love. This deep meaning of the minsa patterns were the result of the minsa being a traditional gift given from a woman to a man when accepting his proposal or showing her love for him. This tradition was especially common on the Yaeyama Islands and thus minsas are often associated with Yaeyama. Another common pattern are a series of horizontal lines called the Mukade moyo or "centipede pattern". This pattern represents a woman's wish for her man to visit her often. The process of dyeing the cotton with indigo numerous times also represents how her love for her man is deepened like the deep color of blue of the minsa.

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