Artistic Quality: The banana fiber weaving from Shinshe is not only representative of the Kavalan’s unique technique, arts and wisdom, but also Taiwan’s precious cultural asset. From felling banana tree to peeling off the membranes and slicing them into long strips, scratching off the impurities, sun-drying the fiber, separating the fiber, joining the fiber into long strips, warping and weaving to completion, we can see the tribal people’s persistence and amazing techniques. Now, in addition to clothes and straps, there are more products such as window and door curtains and notebook covers. The innovative artistic quality is worth recognition.
Uniqueness: It is the only aboriginal tribe in Taiwan that creates banana fiber weaving, and is able to find innovation from the traditional techniques.
Local Characteristics: Shinshe is the settlement with the most concentrated number of Kavalan people and the largest number of old craftsmen with the particular technique. The Kavalan Banana Fiber Weaving is the most representative cultural heritage and expression of accumulated wisdom.
Preservers: It is important for these old craftsmen to succeed and pass down the techniques.
Kavalan Banana Fiber Weaving is the distinctive and one-and-only artwork among traditional aboriginal arts, which is both traditional and innovative. On the one hand, Kavalan is the only tribe that uses this particular material and preserves the weaving method. On the other hand, this weaving technique enriches and diversifies the aboriginal cultures in Taiwan.