Kijoka basho-fu is one of the oldest handwoven textiles of Okinawa. It is mainly woven in Kijoka, and is a representative textile of Okinawa. It is believed that basho-fu was already being made in the 13th century, although it was not until the modern-era that it became more widely used. Wives and daughters wove the cloth for their families, and created the thread from the basho (banana) plants cultivated in their yards and fields. Even though cotton had become common in the 19th century, basho was still popular among the local people.
Kijoka basho-fu still carries on this tradition. In 1974, it was designated an Important Intangible Cultural Asset (group category). The basho-fu cloth is unique in its lightness and smoothness. The airy light fabric is perfect for the hot subtropical climate of Okinawa. Today, it is a widely-favored textile.