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Photographs courtesy of the Miyako Jōfu Preservation Society

Photographs courtesy of the Miyako Jōfu Preservation Society

Photographs courtesy of the Miyako Jōfu Preservation Society

Photographs courtesy of the Miyako Jōfu Preservation Society

Ramie Spinning
The hand-spun ramie yarn used for Miyako Jōfu and other high-quality textiles

Miyako Ramie Spinning Preservation Society

Accredited in 2003
Lifelong Learning Promotion Division, Miyakojima Board of Education, 1140 Hiraranishizato, Miyakojima City Okiwana Prefecture 906-8501

Boomi refers to the technique for producing yarn from the fibers obtained from the bark of the ramie plant (Boehmeria nivea). The yarn is spun and joined by hand. The Miyako Islands of Okinawa Prefecture are home to both the growing of ramie plants and the production of ramie yarn.

Ramie (known locally as boo)
Scraping the fibers (boo-su)
Joining the fibers (boonn)
Twisting the fibers (tsungi)
Hand-spun ramie yarn