Hi there!! I’m Melissa and I’ll be filling you in on our adventures from Day 4, Monday to Day 6, Wednesday of Bamboo village

DAY 4 —– Second day of basket weaving

We learnt how to weave  the base of the basket again. If only we knew how difficult it is to weave one basket!! It took us about 2-3 hours just to make the base with the aid of our bamboo shifu’s (much needed) help.

Trust me, it looks way easier than it is T_T

With some midday refreshment – Yangmei (red bayberries)!! It’s really yummy do try it if you’re here. They taste like mini sweet pomelos omnomnom

After an exhausting morning of weaving, everyone will always look forward to 阿姨‘s LUNCH!! Featuring our favourite dishes; 茄子,Egg and tomato, 东坡肉,edamame beans and chicken ( all homemade, homegrown – even the chicken HAHA, and home cooked ) *** beware of the puddle of oil at the bottom of every dish though it is liquid sin right there


DAY 5 —– Last day at shifu’s home

We practiced everything we’ve learnt once more in making our own lanterns! It was quite rewarding to see how far we’ve come – a seemingly easy and repetitive craft has earned our admiration and a place in our hearts as we take the skills we learnt eagerly back to campus and start thinking about our bamboo designs.

Welcome to the child labour truck

DAY 6 —– Last morning at baizhang bamboo village

Bye bye baizhang — here is where i put really nice pictures to distract you from the fact that I haven’t written much for this post hehehe

A picture says a thousand words right HAHA soOO I think I’ve already reached the word limit, till next time!

– Mel

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Team members: Chang Chee Kin, Jeremy / Ching Su Ying, Marianne / Ho Hui Qi / Hun Ming Kwang / Low Ming Hui, Rachel / Melissa Mak Li Ping / Nur Amalina Binte Md Halim / Samantha Lim Shou En / Tay Ming En An exploratory journey that uncovers the essence of Chinese culture, which is deeply imbued within bamboo craftsmanship. Through analysing distinctly Chinese traditions and cultural symbols, we derive the lifestyle demands of the Chinese folks and the monumental importance of these traditions and symbols in Chinese life. Through first-hand interaction with traditional bamboo craftsmen and learning the art of bamboo crafting, we gain a deeper understanding of bamboo as a material itself and the many possibilities for the usage of it in industrial design. This amalgamation of knowledge enables us to redirect the skills of the bamboo craftsmen, to rethink the boundaries of bamboo products and to reinvent them into practical lifestyle choices that suit the needs and desires of current and future generations.


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