I used the loom at the left.
I was the first foreigner who could register in the center. The reason is that there are some conditions to be fulfilled. One of them is that you have to prove that you live in Okinawa permanently and that you are in a situation that you will use the technique within Okinawa Prefecture afterwards. At that time, all those conditions were fulfilled and I had no purpose yet to return to Belgium. I am still very greatful to the center that they accepted me, because I tried 3 times to register and only the 3rd time I was accepted. The technique I wanted to learn was the typical Okinawan warp ikat without waste of yarn.
This weave was about 11 meters long.
In the weft, I used banana fibre which I cultivated myself.
These are some of the Okinawan banana fibre plants I started to cultivate in 2003.
The extraction of the fibre is a complicated procedure, which I will explain another time.