OIST Foundation’s Okinawan Textile Webinar

Bashōfu: The Bridge Between Science and Art

Wednesday, July 7 at 7:00 a.m. EDT

Online Webinar

Admission: Free (Suggested donation of $20 is appreciated)

Join the OIST Foundation for a presentation on the science and art of Okinawa traditional bashōfu weaving.

Bashōfu weaving, making fabric from banana tree fibers, has a long and storied history in Okinawa. Via this virtual event you will have the rare opportunity to hear directly from a scientist and an artist about the ways in which bashōfu is a bridge that weaves together art and science.

The event is being held on Tanabata, July 7, which, according to legend, is the only day on which the two deities Princess Orihime and Hikoboshi (star-crossed lovers represented by the stars Vega and Altair) can see each other. Just as the stars weave together that day, the bashōfu presentation will show how textile weaving brings together science and art, traditions, and people.

Please note that the time of the event is 7:00 a.m. New York time. To register for the event, please click here.


Dr. Yoko Nomura, Science and Technology Associate, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Roosmarjin Pallandt, Artist

About Dr. Yoko Nomura

Dr. Nomura is a Science and Technology Associate at OIST with a long and deep interest in textile science. She has led research and exhibitions on bashōfu at OIST.

About Roosmarijn Pallandt

Roosmarijn Pallandt is a Dutch artist who uses both textile and photography as her medium.

Pallandt has been traveling to the Yaeyama Islands since 2014 to meet, live, and collaborate with local weavers and to learn about the ritual festivals and spiritual ceremonies performed by female shamans. She has researched the role of weaving within these practices and how textiles form beautiful connections with which human beings can coincide.

Bashōfu plays a central role in her project—from the banana tree itself and the steps and rituals to make thread out of its fibers to the spiritual meaning of the textile. To learn more about Pallandt, please visit her website.

About the OIST Foundation

The mission of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Foundation, Inc. is to promote innovative global scientific breakthroughs through enhancing and strengthening science and technology research and related programs at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and to empower Americans to support the sustainable development of Okinawa and deepen U.S.-Japan relations through OIST. For more information, please visit the OIST Foundation’s website.

Disclosure: The author serves on the Advisory Board of the OIST Foundation.