A symposium on Taiwan's indigenous crafts took place on March 30 in Japan as part of the Spotlight Taiwan program. The cultural exchange event featured Yuma Taru (尤瑪達陸) and BaunayWatan (弗耐互旦), founders of Taiwan's prestigious YetongWorkshop, and award-winning embroidery artisan Lavaus (陳利友妹).
The symposium introduced traditional aboriginal craftworks and the craft industry's current development. The event at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka also featured demonstrations of weaving and embroidery as well as a theoretical discussion.
Atayal artisan Yuma brought a portable weaving machine to demonstrate traditional weaving and talked about indigenous people's weaving using natural dyes. Lavaus showed nine different skills of ancient Paiwan embroidery and introduced cross-stitch weaving. Lin Chih-hsing (林志興), a researcher at the Taiwan-based National Museum of Prehistory, gave a lecture on the status quo and future of Taiwan's indigenous crafts.
The event drew nearly 200 craft professionals as Japan celebrated its annual cherry blossom season. Kenichi Sudo (須藤健一), director of the Japanese museum, praised the event for introducing Taiwan's rich aboriginal culture to Japanese audiences.
The Spotlight Taiwan program has collaborators in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. Chu Wen-ching (朱文清), director of the Taipei Culture Center in Tokyo, said such partnerships have helped to deepen Taiwan-Japan cultural exchanges and ties.
Osaka's National Museum of Ethnology has collected over 6,000 aboriginal garments and other objects as part of its ongoing efforts to study Taiwan's aboriginal culture.
Following the symposium, the museum will organize a series of screenings of Taiwan-made films and post-screening forums hosted by professor AtsushiNobayashi (野林厚志), who works at the museum.
Now entering its second year, the Spotlight Taiwan program is sponsored by Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin to help promote Taiwan's soft powers to the world.