Rebirth : 2009 – 

In order to preserve and pass down the rush weaving tradition, the Taiwan Yuan-li Handiwork Association was founded in 2009, with local rush weaving craftswomen as its main members. The association has organised many competitions and promotional activities, helping members to hone their skills and revive their craft. This not only helps the local community to remember their long history of rush weaving, but also gives members an opportunity to pass their tradition on to younger generations studying the craft. Through brand marketing and design innovation, products made from rush are once again catching people’s attention.

Impacted by the decline of the rush industry, locals have also established the Taiwan Rush Institute, which aims to protect rush culture by similarly holding various competitions and promotions. The Institute also encourages former craftspeople to rejoin the profession and support the traditional rush weaving industry, providing new learning opportunities and tapping into the deep local memories of the craft.  With its delicate patterns and tough texture, the rush craft embodies the creativity of bygone generations. As Taiwan’s society has become more diverse, traditions such as rush weaving remain alive amidst the context of vibrant multiculturalism.

Taiwan has many centuries-old crafts that have been forgotten by today’s people. Only a few people will persist in finding new opportunities to preserve and transform age old crafts, giving them a new lease of life. In recent years, they have revived the craft of rush weaving – which had previously been forgotten by mainstream society.


© Taiwan Yuan-Li Handiwork Association


© Taiwan Yuan-Li Handiwork Association