Project aims to reproduce traditional Ryukyu products

An Okinawa Prefecture sponsors a project to make products related to the cultural heritage of the Ryukyu Kingdom and restore the precise methods to create the arts and crafts of the era while making full use of modern science and technology.

The project is scheduled to run from 2015 through 2019 and includes manufacturing 65 different products in eight fields, such as pictures, wood carvings, stone carvings, lacquer arts, dyeing and weaving, ceramics, metal works and sanshin.

From 2019 through 2021, the prefecture will showcase the restored products in Okinawa and other prefectures, including overseas. The plan aims at creating and promoting a specific Ryukyu Kingdom brand, and making Okinawa a new cultural tourism central.

In fiscal 2016 year, seven products, including three kinds of crown and ornamental hairpins were delivered to Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum.

The project is financed with grants-in-aid and the expenses in 2016 were about ¥150 million.

About 60 studios and artists took part in the manufacturing, while the museum stored and Okinawa Churashima Foundation sold them on consignment.

The project is expected to have similar expenses this year, too.