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'The Inheritance of Craft Arts'

  • Date:2013-01-20
'The Inheritance of Craft Arts'


"The Inheritance of Craft Arts” exhibition displays the traditional artwork of nine Taiwanese families whose craftsmanship skills have been passed down from generation to generation. The families' inheritance of these craft arts has helped preserve many precious skills and techniques in Taiwan's traditional arts sector. Below are several short excerpts on the featured families and their contributions to the preservation of Taiwan's traditional arts.

One: The Tunghua Shadow Puppet Theatre, which has been managed by seven generations of Chang Chuang's family in Kaohsiung, stands witness to the history and development of Taiwan's shadow puppet theater since the troupe's establishment under the imperial Qing Dynasty.

Two: Hailing from the Lugang Township in Changhua County, Li Song-lin was born into a family of woodcarvers and became one of the finest wood craftsmen in Taiwanese history. The family business has been inherited by his son Lin Bing-gui.

Three: Lin Yu-quan, a craftsman trained in Taiwanese traditional embroidery, and his family are known for handmade embroidery used for religious purposes such as deity statue clothing.

Four: Liu Xin-xin is the fourth generation owner of a family-run paper paste store in Hsinchu County. His works are often used in religious occasions such as temple salvation rituals, funerals and folk festivals.

Five: Father-son duo Chen Yu-fon and Chen So-yi come from one of the two major schools of traditional color painting in Tainan City.The family's works can be seen at many temples around Taiwan.

Six: Cheau Cherng Jen, a hand puppet production studio run by Xu Xi-sen's family, is the mastermind behind two of the best-known figures in Taiwan's hand puppet culture. Xu's creations have been featured on popular television series and the studio plays an important role in the development of hand puppet plays in Taiwan.

Seven: Temple construction and renovation projects completed by stone carver Shi Tian-fu and his son Shi Hong-yi include the famous Sanxia Zushi Temple in New Taipei City.

Eight: Tin master Lee Han-mu operates the Ruixing Tin Store in Changhua County's Lugang Township, a store that was first established by Lin Yu from Guanzhou, Fujian Province more than a century ago.

Nine: Wu Dun-hou, a master at making and painting paper lanterns, has been dubbed a "national treasure” by Taiwan's cultural authorities. His lanterns, which features folk symbols such as dragons, phoenixes and tigers, serve to remind the public of the craft's ancient history.

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