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Indigenous Sirayan culture (西拉雅族) will be featured in an lacquerware and metal craft exhibition organized by the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI) this year that will run from Dec. 24 through Feb. 28, 2015.
In earlier workshops, the Sirayan participants created artworks about Sirayan stories, the tribe's ancestral roots, and the people's connection to water because their forbearers voyaged across the Taiwan Strait to arrive in Taiwan.
They also worked to reflect the themes of the workshops, namely "effort” and "innovation.” The resulting works will be on display at an exhibition in the Tainan Furniture Industry Museum through Feb. 28, 2015.
The organizers plan to display more than 80 pieces of work by some 30 participants at the NTCRI's lacquerware and metalwork workshops. The opening ceremony on Dec. 30 invited artisans to demonstrate two special lacquerware techniques while allowing visitors to try their hands at the craft.
A coffee-like drink made from varnishtree seeds was also offered at the ceremony. Varnish trees, whose milky juice is used to make lacquer paint, are a valuable economic plant whose flowers can be brewed to make alcohol and the leaves fried as tempura.