Lacquerware is a daily necessity for the Japanese. Thus, it’s no surprise that they worked during Taiwan’s Japanese colonial era to transmit lacquer-making skills and cultivate lacquer trees in order to promote this craft and its related culture. Starting during this time, Fengyuan became Taiwan’s main center for lacquer art, thanks in part to proximity to Dasyueshan and Basianshan forest recreation areas where there was an abundance of wood resources for both exporting and as local lacquer-making materials.
Although central government anti-deforestation efforts and logging bans have led to a drop in the lacquer-making business, Fengyuan Lacquer Art Museum today showcases a wide range of lacquerware and explains its impact on Taiwanese history. This preserved lacquer art has also helped to revitalize the creativity and culture of Taiwan’s lacquerware.
The museum introduces the processes for making a variety of lacquer arts and decorations and there are periodic events that allow participants to meet lacquer artists, as well as lacquer cultural exchanges and online exhibitions. If you’re interested in lacquer-related seminars and DIY art classes (NT$120-400), visit the museum’s second floor and ask for further details.–By Chloe Chang Translated by Anna Yang
豐原區水源路1-1號; (04) 2513-0177
1-1, ShuiYuan Rd, Fengyuan Dist
9 am-5 pm (週一及國定假日休館/closed Mon. and holidays)
免門票，導覽需預約/Free entry/tour guide available by appointments