The National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI) will hold a special exhibition featuring fiber crafts from Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea at its Taipei Branch from May 11 through Aug. 14.
The exhibition will recreate the work scenes of fiber-crafting organizations and workshops from Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea, presenting their creation processes, materials, tools, and products through four sections. Three documentaries on their workshops will also be screened at the exhibition.
In recent years, the NTCRI has reorganized fiber-crafting organizations and workshops throughout Taiwan based on its fiber crafts research program. The program is aimed at gathering comprehensive research on the weaving and hand-dye arts in Taiwan.
For this exhibition, the NTCRI invited fifteen organizations and workshops from Taiwan, the Kansai region of Japan, and South Korea to present the development of fiber crafts in each country.
Among these artists, some use natural materials, techniques, and lifestyle to present the purity of nature. Lala Ban (新社香蕉絲工坊) based in Hualien County has reconnected the Kavalan aboriginal tribe with their lands and culture by reviving the traditional Kavalan banana fiber crafts. Lala Ban has also helped to strengthen tribal identity by learning the techniques of planting, processing, and weaving banana fibers from tribal elders.
Some artists have inherited the history and culture of local ethnic groups, preserving and innovating traditional craft skills at the same time. Kaludasan's Living Idea Po Lo Shop (彭春林生活創意工房), for example, explores tribal totem history and creates artworks that embody Rukai culture by combining tribal embroidery techniques and his own creativity.
Others combine various materials to create crafts with different techniques, such as Cotton (棉麻屋) based in Taitung County, which offers products that are crocheted by 37 mothers of aboriginal descent. Simiarly, products made of ramie fabric have been successfully promoted by Korean artist Kim Hyo-joong, whose sewing technique has created practical and aesthetically tasteful works.
Additional forums will be held with visiting artists from Japan and Korea to share the art of East Asia's fiber crafts.
'The Horizon of Fiberland: A Journey of Fiber Crafts Across East Asia'