Okinawa used to be known for its naturally dyed cloth (bingata). That changed after WWII, when synthetic dyes replaced plant- and insect-based pigments. To keep the craft alive, Koto Yamaoka founded Shuri Ryusen to train future generations in this traditional art form. The shop sells handmade gifts, tapestries, kimonos and obis. The studio is 2 minutes by car from the hotel.