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琉球ガラス Ryuukyuu-Garasu Ryukyu Glass

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Ryukyu handcrafted glass is made on the main island of Okinawa, and was probably first manufactured some 100 years ago.

Ryukyu glass production developed rapidly after the last world war, with the demand for Coca Cola and juice by the American forces. This development formed the basis for today’s Ryukyu glass handicraft.

The craftsmanship of the glassmakers gives a distinctive warmth to the glass: in the wave-like cracked patterns and the tiny bubbles that have formed in the tinted glass objects.

In today’s materialistic and technical world, the distinctive appearance of Ryukyu glass is recognized as an artwork of light, blended in everyday life.

In 1988, Ryukyu glass was designated a Traditional Craft of Okinawa, and a representative Okinawan craft.
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