The Digital Collection of Miyako Blue Archive

Is your interest in art and culture piqued? If so, you’ve come to the right place. The Digital Collection of Miyako Blue Archive is now up and running, offering fascinating insight into the cultural richness of the Miyako Islands, located off the coast of Japan. Here you’ll find photos, videos, audio, documents, and other materials related to the history of the islands and their culture. So, come explore and discover what this incredible collection has to offer!
The Digital Collection of Miyako Blue Archive
Miyako Blue Archive

The Miyako Blue Archive aims to document and preserve Miyako Blue, a traditional Okinawan hue. Created in the late 1840s, Miyako Blue has a long and important history as the signature blue of the Yamazato district in Japan’s Miyako Islands.

The Archive aims to collect, store and share data and information on this important color, including historical documents and photographs, source materials, approaches to the material culture of Miyako Blue, as well as existing collections and related projects. Visitors to the Archive can view photographs and items from the collection, read background essays and get involved in upcoming projects. Essential items in the collection include:

  • Personal archives
  • Textiles and clothing
  • Pottery and ceramics
  • Paintings, prints and photographs
  • Crafts and tools
  • Architecture and interior items

The Archive also offers guidance on how to use the materials collected and stored. With a range of practical tools, visitors can learn about the history and usages of Miyako Blue and explore preservation techniques and approaches to maintain materials. For those interested in incorporating Miyako Blue into their own projects, the Archive can provide assistance and resources.

From digital art exhibitions to virtual lectures, the Miyako Blue Archive is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about this era in Okinawan history. With its easy-to-use online search tools and accessible information, this archive is sure to prove invaluable for researchers and appreciators of Okinawan culture for years to come.

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