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Taiwan's creativity, originality impress world: creative official

Taiwan's creativity, originality impress world: creative official

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) The creativity and originality of Taiwanese artisans are shining on the international stage as more and more local and foreign people are paying attention to the creative industry in Taiwan, the organizers of a creative market said Saturday at a press briefing in Taipei.
Announcing the expansion of the Creative Boutique at the Red House in Taipei, the building's vice supervisor, Liu Wen-ting, said that during a June cultural expo in Shanghai, the 23 local artisans who took part "gained very positive evaluations... people thought the products we showed were very interesting and original." With the growing market and demand in the creative industry, Liu said, the Taipei Culture Foundation and the Taipei city government have expanded the boutique, which she described as Taiwan's biggest fixed market of its kind, located on the ground floor of the historic building.
The new expansion on the second floor accommodates five micro-entrepreneurs, or "innovation incubation centers, " which organizers hope will catch the eyes of visitors, she added.
Among the five is Nong-li, a streetwear brand established in 2008 by Liao Jin-feng, who uses various aspects of Taiwanese culture, including folk culture, historical stories and rustic life, in his designs, which also include elements of Western culture such as hip hop.
Nong-li already has a great following thanks to its unique approach, especially since Liao's participation in the Bangkok Design Festival and exposure his designs received at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year.
The 35-year-old Liao expressed hope that younger generations can learn something from his designs and that the designs can kindle interest in Taiwanese culture. He added that his next step is to push his designs in Germany, Spain and France.
The Red House was listed as a Class III historical site in 1997 and is an attraction for foreigners, especially those from Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. It also serves as a platform, or cluster area, where local micro-entrepreneurs and artisans can showcase their innovations, said Liu.
(By James Lee)