The National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute will hold a special exhibition on traditional crafts associated with weddings in Taiwan from June 28 through Nov. 5.
Combining cultural creativity with interactive devices to recreate wedding scenes, the exhibition will present the role and significance of crafts in Taiwan's weddings from the application of creativity, designs, textures, and symbols.
The title "In Pairs (對對)” refers to the auspicious blessing of "happiness in pairs” as well as the curatorial collision of two dynamics. This theme will be presented through newlyweds, paired dowry, the comparison of tradition and modern, and dissidence versus fusion to present how weddings in Taiwan have evolved from the past to present.
Crafts have played a significant role in wedding customs, including wedding gowns, accessories, betrothal gifts, dowry, bridal room decor, and wedding ceremonies. The designs, aesthetics, materials, and cultural context of crafts truly reflect Taiwan's culture in different times.
The exhibition will feature commissioned creations by four contemporary artists who have their own take on the modern Taiwanese wedding.
Local wedding brands will also be invited to showcase their metal, lacquer, porcelain, wood, paper, and textile products - all in auspicious shades of red and gold.
Various symbols and fortuitous shapes will also be displayed, such as geometric symbols that represent perfection and reunion, and the many applications of "xi (喜),” a Chinese character that refers to delight and happiness.
The duplication of the character "xi (喜)” gives rise to "xi (囍),” which means "double happiness.” It is the most widely used auspicious symbol in weddings as the duplication resembles a couple standing hand in hand. The four squares that compose the character also symbolize the addition of many children to the family, making way for a happy, wholesome family.
The National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute hopes that such examination of traditional and contemporary weddings will highlight the role of crafts and cultural symbols in love, family, and marriage.
'In Pairs: The Creativity, Designs, Textures, and Symbols of the Wedding in Taiwan'