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Bamboo And Tea At The National Craft Research And Development Institute

In concurrence with the Nantou Global Tea Expo, the National Craft Research And Development Institute hosted activities and exhibits related to Taiwan's tea culture. One of these was an amazing exhibit of modern bamboo structures designed for traditional tea parties.

Another was a hands-on seminar in bamboo tea scoop making. A master of the craft was on site, sharing his skills, and guiding participants on how to design and make their own elegant yet practical tea scoop. 

 As shown in the photo above, a variety of designs were on display for students to refer to in choosing a shape and size they preferred. The instructor would then cut out the template according to the student's request, and show them how to shape the cutout by hand to achieve the desired result.

 

The workshop on tea scoop making was a singular event as part of the Nantou Global Tea Expo production, along with others such as an Oolong Tea making demonstration by prize-winning tea artisans from all over Taiwan. The bamboo teahouse exhibit will on display until April 2016. This is just one more primary example of how much Taiwan has to offer the world in its living embodiment of tea culture in the 21st century.

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2 Responses

Andy Kincart
Andy Kincart

November 09, 2015

Jerry
Great suggestion – thanks! I remember the opening day of the Tea Art Classroom in the Lugu Farmers’ Association. In fact, I just recalled a story in a tea farmer friend’s factory a couple weeks ago about being served tea by him and complimenting him on the unique teapot he was brewing in. Not long afterward, he presented it to me as a gift to take back to the States with me when I moved back in 1996. I just brought that teapot back to Taiwan with me when I took it out of storage on my visit home in September!

Jeremy O'Donnell
Jeremy O'Donnell

November 05, 2015

The Bamboo Room in the Lugu Tea Museum would make a great follow up to this article!

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