bingataworkshop1.pdf bingataworkshope3.pdf bingataworkshop2.pdf Saturday and Sunday, August 9th and 10th, a total of 35 Hawai`i residents enjoyed and experienced the art of making the royal cloth of “katachiki” or bingata stencil dyed fabric. This workshop is in conjunction with Yuhske Yokoi’s exhibit at the Academy Arts Center Linekona, which is running through August 20th. Scheduled for a total of 30 maximum for the 2 days, the workshop filled quickly and actually went over the expected participant count. It was a good thing that extra supplies were available. The overwhelming attendance made this workshop a big success. Yokoi, who has his studios in Shuri, and Tamagusuku , Okinawa, led the class, with descriptions on the process and implements. “It is very interesting to see the colorations that people here use, and the kind of image that they come out with”, said Yokoi. “Everyone works so intensely on their piece that its hard to tell if they enjoy it. I didn’t want them to be so serious.” This was a rare opportunity to learn this art as many bingata artists don’t reveal the whole process and ingredients in making the resist and dyes. Yokoi believes that by teaching and sharing, he is helping to spread the appreciation of the royal art. The same vision the Ukwanshin Kabudan has. “I really learned alot, and can really appreciate the whole process. I don’t know how anyone could have the time to dedicate to do this work as a living. I appreciate these artists”, said Jamie Oshiro, one of the participants. On Saturday evening, the workshop participants and others were treated to a performance of “Living Textiles of Okinawa”, in a dance and music performance that connected to the textiles of LooChoo. “It was the first time I saw the kimono actually dance with the dancer. It was just amazing”, commented Yukie Shiroma, a modern dance artist and teacher of the Kin Ryosho style of Okinawan dance. “I wish more people could have the opportunity to see this kind of presentation.”Ukwanshin’s journey of bringing these treasures of Okinawa to people, continues to bridge cultures as we bring the arts and culture of our ancestors to the world. We hope that those who participated in the workshop enjoyed and learned about something from a past that was almost lost. We hope to bring another bingata workshop in the future. Maybe with an advanced class, for those who came to this one. Special mahalos to the Academy Center at Linekona, and Carol,Brad, Alan, and Rick….The Caste Resorts Maile Sky Court Hotel and Luana, …Steve and the Doris Duke Theater Staff.