Exploring the Old Industries of Tainan City
Tainan Guang-Tsai Embroidery House
No. 186-3 Yung-Fu Road, Sec. 2, Central-Western District, Tainan City
As recorded in The Taiwan Government Chronicle, "Women in Taiwan are not good at weaving, but they are excellent in embroidery. Their delicate embroidery is no second to those of Su-Zhou and Hang-Zhou." Embroidery in Taiwan came from Fu-Jian China, with complicated patterns and very beautiful colors, just like the embroidery from Fujian, and the quality is not second to those famous sites of embroidery. The embroidery works produced in the shop are mostly used in religious and temple affairs, including deity-desk covers, 8-deities embroidery, deity statue's wear, embroidered collars & cuffs, money pouches, tobacco pouches, and others. Master Yu-Chuan, Lin of GuangTsai Embroidery House, started learning the skills from Master Xun-Siang, Yan of Cheng-Fu Embroidery House when he was 16, and he has now been in business for more than six decades. He is reputed "The Old Embroidery Talent of Tainan." In recent years, the embroidery house has worked with the Tainan Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage to give lectures in schools to carry on the traditional embroidery traditions.