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Compass Magazine, July 2001

The National Taiwan Craft Research Institute:
Raising Awareness of the Beauty of Taiwan's Crafts

by Rachel Chiou



Taiwan has a rich history of unique crafts. But, when I say 'crafts', it is probably traditional handicrafts that come to mind. After a walk through the National Taiwan Craft Research Institute, you will discover that crafts are not only made by hand using traditional methods, but are also made using machines or specialized equipment. The National Taiwan Craft Research Institute is located in Tsaotun Township on the way to Puli, Sun Moon Lake, Hsitou and Chunghsing New Village.

This is a worthwhile stopping point on your way to any of the above places as it will only take an hour or so to go through all of the exhibit areas, and many of the crafts on display are not easily found elsewhere. There are three levels of exhibit areas each with a different theme, but you will most likely see a variety of crafts made from bamboo, wood, pottery, glass, precious stone, metals and dyed cloth. The beauty of Taiwan¡¼) "¦¼)"s crafts is evident in the displays, but there is also something else, a mix of modern technology and innovation.

 

 

In addition to organizing exhibits, this institute is involved in the research and promotion of Taiwan¡¼) "¦¼)"s crafts. Following the 921 earthquake nearly two years ago, this institute has been providing crafts training to residents of the hardest hit areas to provide them with new skills, allowing them to earn an income during the difficult time of rebuilding. The National Taiwan Craft Research Institute holds various domestic and international exhibitions in its facility in Tsaotun, as well as in other cities around Taiwan. For example the institute¡¼) "¦¼)"s 9th Annual Taiwan Crafts Exhibition, subtitled 'The Dreams of Crafters', will be held June 28th to July 4th at the Tainan Mitsukoshi Department Store.

The purpose of this exhibition is to encourage amateur and professional craftspeople to create pieces that are both functional and beautiful. It is hoped that visitors to this exhibition will be impressed with the contemporariness, creativity and aesthetic beauty of Taiwan¡¼) "¦¼)"s crafts.

The National Taiwan Craft Research Institute
573, Chung Cheng Rd. Tsaotun Township, Nantou County
Tel: 049-2367805
www.tpg.gov.tw/tphri/
Hours: 9am-12 noon; 1pm-5pm Tuesday-Sunday

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