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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:55 pm 
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I am wondering if anyone can help with an interesting question which has asked by Tsai yu shan in Taiwan. (For information on an exhibition by Yu shan at the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines from June 19 through August 31, 2012 see http://www.tribaltextiles.info/communit ... php?t=2305 )

About ten years ago Yu shan was given a copy of a photo, she thinks probably from a book catalogue, by an Atayal trainee. (The Atayal are one of the aboriginal groups in Taiwan). Yu shan was interested in the motifs shown in the photo and, in her inimitable way, created a weaving incorporating the motifs. I attach both the photo and the beautiful weaving which it inspired.

Although Yu shan has carried out much research on the textiles of aboriginal tribes in Taiwan and has examined and replicated in weaving and embroidery many of them she is not sure whether these motifs are, in fact, those of the Atayal or, indeed, of any tribe in Taiwan.

Her question is whether anyone has seen this pattern before and whether they are able to identify its origin.


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Hello Pamela and all,
I've not checked the forum for a long time, and it's good to post again.
I'm happy to see some recent comments concerning Taiwan and its aboriginal population.
Currently, I'm back in Taiwan for a week.
Up to my knowledge, this is not Atayal, Truku or Sediq traditional motives.
In fact for me, it is not even mountain tribes patterns. I would suggest Tsai Yu-shan (but I'm sure she thought about it before) to look towards the plain tribes of the Hsinchu- Miaoli- Taichung area like for example the Pazeh, Papora or Taokai.
I'm really looking forward to visiting her exhibit.
Nicolas


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Yu shan thanks Yuanzumin (Nicholas) for his comments. She now very much doubts that the woven cloth in the photo originates from Taiwanese aboriginals as she has never seen the same weaving structure – without any float for creating the motif – among any of the Taiwan tribes.

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