Wild Taiwan

A lady of leisure writes about wildlife in Taiwan.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

2014 day 3 南投, 苗栗, 中社花市, 广兴纸寮

 中社花市 changes the flowers according to seasons. It is a great place to take photos of many commercial flowers. There is also a display of a bee hive. It also sells honey made by the bees which visited the flowers in the garden.

This display above shows the different raw materials that makes handicraft paper and commercial paper. The whole artisan paper making process is laborious. The raw material comes from sugar cane fibres, locally grown plants, vegetables etc. The fibres are fist boiled to separate and soften them in a big pot of water and colour is added if necessary when all the fibres are separated. Then they are diluted and some bits of fibres are placed on a bamboo sieve. The bits of fibres have to be evenly spread on the sieve so that the paper is flat. It takes a lot of skill to do this. They are usually done by folks with more than 20 years’ experience. Then a piece of thread is placed at one end and that helps to keep each piece of paper separate. The flat fibres are placed on other pieces of “paper” with the thread at one side. Then each piece is dried on a metal plate heated by steam at 90 degree Celsius. While drying, they are brushed, which is why artisan paper is rough on one side and smooth on the other. When placed against the light, the paper shows the bamboo sieve’s outline.

Dinner was Puli's famous 苏妈妈汤圆 and 鲁肉饭。