Tracing Lines Launched in Taipei: Philippines-Taiwan Craft Industry Research and Development Cooperation Program
PTIC Taipei today joined the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture and the Center for International Trade Exhibitions and Missions of the Philippines for the launch of Tracing Lines: Philippines-Taiwan Craft Industry Research and Development Program.
The Exhibition, which was held at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei today, April 21, 2021 celebrated the artisanship and high-levels of design as a result of collaboration between artists, craftsmen and designers from the Philippines and Taiwan.
CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan gave her insightful remarks celebrating the design collaboration between the Philippines and Taiwan, which is the culmination of a long standing cooperation initiative which started in 2015.
“The Craft and Design Cooperation between Taiwan and the Philippines is truly an exciting outcome of this landmark design collaboration with Taiwan among artists from both sides. While most of our cooperation agreements focus on trade, investments, economic gateway facilitation, technology, innovation and health among others, it is also very refreshing to note that design and crafts highlight the artistic paradigm, similarities and complementation of this partnership between the Philippines and Taiwan, particularly focusing on the cultural and creative connections between our two sides. I can just Marvel at the value that has been created in this collaboration. In a way, we are honoring and reviving the ancient close cultural links between our two peoples.” Said Michael Alfred Ignacio, Trade Representative of the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Taipei and Director of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, who represented the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry and CITEM at the launch opening of the exhibition today.
The artists, designers and craftsmen from both the Philippines and Taiwan worked closely together to fuse the use of three main materials: the Bamboo and Ceramics from Taiwan, and Abaca Fiber from the Philippines, resulting in cutting-edge, contemporary and up-to-date creations.
The partnership between Filipino and Taiwanese designers, craftsmen and artists allow both side to explore their respective strengths, particularly in terms of ingenious use of raw materials, processing and design. Over-all the final works were a reflection of utmost complementation and fusion of aesthetics from both sides. It was also very astonishing to see how heritage crafts are given a contemporary look and feel and modern functionality.
About The Center for International Trade Exhibitions and Missions
CITEM is the trade exhibition and missions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry.
About The Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Taipei
PTIC Taipei represents the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Taiwan and serves as the commercial affairs section of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office.
ABOUT PTIC TAIPEI
The Philippine Trade & Investment Center in Taipei is the Commercial Affairs Section of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office and the representative office of the Philippine Department of Trade & Industry in Taiwan