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NCFTA | 'Exploring 100 Years of Taiwan Craft Art'


  • Date: Jan. 21, 2017 – Dec. 18, 2018
  • Venue: The National Center for Traditional Arts
  • Address: No. 201 Wubin Rd, Section 2, Wujie Township, Yilan County, Taiwan (ROC)
  • Website: www.ncfta.gov.tw


"Exploring 100 Years of Craft Art" is organized by the National Center for Traditional Arts in Yilan to showcase more than 550 crafts of different art forms developed during the past century in Taiwan.

The exhibition encompasses different collections spanning that of wood, bamboo, weaving, lacquer, ceramics, and metal. Among the exquisite collections, the key highlight “Dragon Candleholder (蟠龍燭臺)” was last publicly displayed six years ago.

The exhibition includes various works by craft masters, including Li Song-lin (李松林) and Huang Gui-li (黃龜理). Some rare crafts such as a six-legged wooden bed, a turtle shell-shaped rain hat, and a silky, golden-embroidered wedding gown have been selected as well. 

To pay homage to Taiwan’s artisans of the first post-war generation, interviews of artists who carry the distinction of being “National Living Treasures” – Wang Ching-shuang (王清霜), Chen Wan-neng (陳萬能), Li Bing-gui (李秉圭), Chang Xian-pin (張憲平), and Lin Kuang-i (林洸沂) – are shown alongside the exhibition to share their life stories and journeys of creation.

Free Chinese, English, and Japanese audio guides have been made available to help visitors understand the traditional arts of Taiwan in depth.

A hexagonal composite table consisting of 2 wedge-shaped pieces, each of which can function as a smaller unit.
A decorative fish creel sculpted out of a single block of camphor wood, featuring carvings of wickerwork and crabs.
A tortoiseshell-shaped cover that has oiled paper placed between its bamboo layers to shield the wearer from rain.
Ryukyu-style lacquer box with papaya tree - an example of Taiwanese crafts from the Japanese colonial era.
A round cloisonné seal paste case decorated with a dragon and an intertwining cloud design.
Bodiless lacquer (脫胎漆器), which is made using a fabric cast, is lighter & more durable than the average lacquerware.
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