Experience the world of Kume Island’s traditional woven fabrics
Kumejima Tsumugi is a silk woven fabric. Each individual item is woven passionately by local weavers, from thread dyed using natural dyestuffs made from vegetation that grow indigenously on Kume Island. Kumejima Tsumugi’s distinctive feature is its smooth flexible texture, and it has been designated as an item of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Japanese government. The Yuimaru-kan center has a shop that exhibits and sells various items of Kumejima Tsumugi, as well as booths that enable visitors to observe the history and production processes involved in creating the cloth. It also runs hands-on demonstration classes where visitors can try their hand at dyeing and weaving.
Kumejima Tsumugi no Sato Yuimaru-kan
Address: 1878-1 Maja, Kumejima-cho, Okinawa
Hours: 9am to 5:30pm
Closed: January 16 of the old calendar
(Kume Island Industrial Festival, the first Sunday in December)
*A prior reservation is required to participate in the dyeing and weaving demonstrations, and for observational tours of two or more people.