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Fish trap installation by Taiwanese artist Feng Cheng Tsung aims to revive bamboo craftsmanship among local community

April 9, 2020

Artist Feng Cheng Tsung has designed an installation in Taichung, invited by the local government, using over two hundred traditionally woven fish traps to celebrate the two-week-long Taiwan Lantern Festival. He invited the local residents to attend workshops to learn to weave the traditional fish traps with their wishes written inside it. All the fish traps were then tied together.

The process began with Feng and his partners driving out a truck to four farmers’ associations in Taichung. There, he came across hundreds of inhabitants who didn’t have any experience in basket weaving. Feng not only taught them how to weave baskets with bamboo but also shared the story behind the traditional fish traps.

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Following the workshop and exhibition of their woven baskets, the farmers have been inspired to continue pursuing this craft, and some of them intend to make other woven items such as lampshades, duck cages, and other such decorative and utilitarian items.

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Photos: Yi-Hsien LEE (YHLAA)

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