“Silk flower,” or “Chun-zi-hua” in local dialects, is a common term used in Southeast China and Taiwan to describe the Chan-hua crafts. It is a flower-patterned hairpin in red, about 3 cm2 in size, and usually worn by the bride in traditional wedding ceremony. Moreover, Chan-hua, or handcrafted flowers crafts, could be applied to many ceremonial occasions as well as household decorations.
When Taiwan started to gear up for industrialization, the Chan-hua art also lost its appeal in the market, and eventually failed to stem its decline. Huei-Mei CHEN, devoting herself to more than two decades’ teaching and reviving of the Chan-hua craft, however, has found the age-old treasure now transforming into a chic trend.
Translation: Eliana CHEN