Hsin Hsin Paper Sculpture Store, which makes paper structures supported by bamboo sticks for both celebrations and rituals, recently brought their unique works to the D'Day design festival in Paris.
As part of the "Taiwan Unfolding" exhibition, focusing on paper arts, Hsin Hsin's owner, Chang Hsu-pei (張徐沛), exhibited some of his works, including a pasted-paper sculpture of a mansion, which is usually burned as an offering for the deceased.
He also displayed paper sculptures of the head and tail of a dragon that are used in traditional celebrations, as well as a bamboo framework of a dragon's head.
Chang's family also put a pair of paper effigies of a man and a woman, commonly seen at funerals, at several locations in Paris, including the Louvre Museum, to record their journey.
Chang's works were introduced to France by curator Patricio Sarmiento, who first discovered the craft during a cycling trip in Taiwan and was surprised by people burning these delicately made objects.
"The world needs to see crafts in Taiwan that cannot be found anywhere else," Chang said, adding that he is willing to take his works to museums around the world to show the dying art.
(By Emmanuelle Tzeng, Nancy Chang and Kay Liu)