Weaving is a craft shared by all cultures in the world; it can be specifically divided into knotting, tying, weaving, dyeing, and embroidery. It provides our everyday needs, and can add colors in our lives with its creative designs.
Founded in 1990, the Weaving Arts Museum, a division of Taichung County Cultural Center, originally featured natural rush hats and mats made in Tachia and traditional Atayal weaving, where the collection has expanded to 869 pieces of weaving over the years. As a small-sized local cultural center that connects domestic weaving talents, it has published book series, held exhibitions, conducted exchanges with other museums and global partners, and put in efforts in talent training. From 2015 onward, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taichung City Government started to formulate a plan that promotes the Weaving Arts Museum to become Taichung’s first public municipal museum, as a way to respond to the promulgation of the Museum Act and pursue sustainable development.
The missions of MOFiA can be recapitulated in three dimensions: fiber, fashion, and green craft, which also point to the future direction of this museum. The aims of this museum are to incorporate Central Taiwan’s natural and human resources, based upon the richly diversified research results, thus progressing toward a professional organization that boasts lifestyle, culture, fashion, design, and eco-friendly ideas. With its integration of exchange platforms of fiber arts industries domestically and internationally, it is expected to become a new landmark of the cultural developments in Taichung City in the near future.