Kamaro’an (which means “to stay and to live” in the Amis language) partners the craft skills of the Gangkou tribe with local Taiwanese artists to produce modern furniture and home accessories. The Riyar (which means “sea”) Collection includes trays, tables, storage accessories, and lamp shades.
The tribe’s talent lies in weaving sedge, a plant-like type of grass that grows near water. By separating the skin of the sedge stem from the inner fibers, the artists avoid mildew problems and the mats they weave are more delicate in nature.
Driftwood is the other popular choice material with the tribe since the ‘90s when it helped awaken an artistic movement. Carvings are made into the wood to simulate the organic waves that bring the material onto land. Young artists in the tribe must undergo a long apprenticeship before becoming a driftwood artist.
To see more of the collection, head over to Kamaro’an.