Bingata,a traditional Okinawan textile dyeing technique established in the 14th century, uses organic plant and mineral dyes and stencils to create colorful, detailed fabrics.
Contemporary bingata artist Yukinaga Chibana, who grew up in a bingata producing family, decided he wanted to give the craft a more modern spin, employing bingata techniques to produce modern artworks which marry bingata with various aspects of subculture.
Chibana’s mix of anime, pop art and graffiti styles with traditional bingata patterns and techniques, creates an exciting canvas of visual stimulation. Schoolgirls and tattooed vixens, dragons and other mythical creatures, rock and street symbolism all provide inspiration for the artist. The intricate, kaleidoscopic results are nothing short of breathtaking.
Ulalaka is proud to feature the artworks of Yukinaga Chibana and to promote him to an international audience.
If you would like to participate in a bingata workshop, or see more of the artist’s work, please visit his website or arrange a visit to the studio.
Bingata Laboratory Somesenka
3-16-7Kakazu, Ginowan, Okinawa 098-890-0560