The Cradle of Craft Innovation in Taiwan

Taiwan Craft Cultural Park is the cradle for craft innovation in Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)
Taiwan Craft Cultural Park is the cradle for craft innovation in Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Located in Nantou County’s Caotun Township in central Taiwan, the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRD) is an agency of Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture. The purpose of the NTCRD is to enhance Taiwan’s craft innovation and strengthen its craft manufacturing competitiveness. In addition to the Taiwan Craft Cultural Park location in Caotun Township, NTCRD has three additional branches located in Taipei City, Taoyuan City, and Miaoli County.

The Taiwan Craft Cultural Park is a museum that displays a plethora of household products and crafts. It holds various exhibitions and public events, while providing hands-on activities year round. There are three halls and two hubs in the park.

The objects featuring the Year of Rooster are exhibited at Taiwan Craft Cultural Park in central Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

These objects featuring the Year of Rooster are exhibited at the Taiwan Craft Cultural Park. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

The Craft Exhibition Hall contains craft-themed contemporary exhibitions with subjects ranging from Taiwanese craft culture and innovative techniques to the development of Taiwan’s craft industry.

Ceramic vases displayed at the NTCRD (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

Ceramic vases on display at the NTCRD. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

The Craft Information Hall is a four-story building in which domestic and foreign professional books, periodicals, and documents relating to craft, fine arts, and aesthetics are provided for both professionals and the general public. Additionally, its video on demand (VOD) system allows visitors to gain insights into the development of the craft industry in Taiwan and potential entrepreneurial opportunities.

Objects made of straw at the NTCRD (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

Objects made of straw at the NTCRD. (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

The Craft Design Hall is composed of the Special Exhibition Hall, the Yii Exhibition Hall, and the Trendy VIP Hall. Besides exhibits by Yii (a Taiwanese self-developed brand), crafts of international brands, such as NENDO and VITRA, are also on display throughout the year. Moreover, the Trendy VIP Hall on the 3rd floor features a well-equipped multimedia facility for the display of international craft materials and holographic films.

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Taipei Branch of the NTCRD. (Image: National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute)

The Living Craft Hub contains an exhibition section, a craft-learning section, a children’s playground, a restaurant, and craft/artifact boutiques. It also offers a variety of craft workshops. The facility enriches the visitor experience by displaying the beauty of crafts.

Miaoli Branch of NTCRI (Image: National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute)

The Miaoli Branch of the NTCRI. (Image: National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute)

The Craft Hub is a facility that promotes Taiwanese crafts by collaborating with local craft associations. Currently, there are six organizations participating in the program, including the Craft & Design of Taiwan, the Straw-Sandal Mound Culture and Education Association, and the Bamboo Art Research Association.

Additionally, there are seven studios in the Taiwan Craft Cultural Park: the Bamboo Craft Studio, the Ceramics Studio, the Lacquer Art Studio, the Metal Craft Studio, the Fiber Craft Studio, the Stone Craft Studio, and the Woodcraft Studio. These studios are dedicated to promoting Taiwanese crafts by conducting various outreach programs for professionals to enhance their capabilities, and by introducing craft art in material industries, such as bamboo work, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, fiberwork, stonework, and woodwork, to the general public.

Zhi Da Craft Service Guest House in NTCRD (Image: National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute)

Zhi Da Craft Service Guest House in NTCRD. (Image: National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute)

The park also offers various home and abroad craft training programs for young people. Another unique feature of the park is the Guest House, which provides accommodation and meals to visitors.

The National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRD) has spared no effort in promoting R&D and preserving and upgrading craft techniques. It is also dedicated to providing consultation and training services while collecting craft information from around the world. Moreover, it has implemented a national craft quality certification system, also known as the C-Mark System, to ensure the sustainable development and competitiveness of Taiwan’s craft industry.

Having played an important role in cultivating the talents of craft makers, improving crafting techniques, enhancing international cooperation, and boosting Taiwan’s competitiveness in the craft industry, the NTCRD deserves to be called the cradle of craft innovation in Taiwan.

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