Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hong Kong Postcard Day 20 Tai O Museum

Hello Thursday! We continue with our China tour walking through the fishing village of Tai O. Just a few steps away from the pier, we came across 2 ladies selling local drinks and sweets. Peter said the drinks were a traditional recipe made from a local fruit, the red one was especially popular with the tourists.Next to the lady with beverage was the lady selling a traditional sweet, I watched as she reached inside a tin, took 2 pieces of crackers...
...then sandwiched a thick brown paste and a small stick between them. Pictured below, the girl in the top right was holding the result that resembled a popsicle.
Walking on we found a small museum, admission was free, photos were allowed so we wandered in. On display was a Chinese wedding carriage, on its right were simple and humble attire on the mannequins.
I was drawn to the lady's colorful straps.
A fine work of quilt, small squares of cotton hand sewn together, one stitch at time.
A shot of the other straps, contrasting colors and the mix of fabric patterns created a lively look. The specimen provided a glimpse into a simpler time.
I glanced at the wedding garments on the wall, the groom wore a changshan along with a Western hat. The bride a much more elaborate costume covered with embroidery, sequins and delicate beadwork, her head ornament looked heavy and complicated, I much prefer its modest counterparts.
On the table below were displays of shoes, a wash pan with the double happiness character, 2 baskets sat atop a wooden chest, items that looked like part of a dowry.
To the right, a row of baskets made from a variety of materials to suit various day to day purposes.
Below the largest wicker we came across, there was no sign indicating its purpose, would this be a sieve or was it a fish trap?
Moving on a shelf held rows of kerosene lamps, a weigh scale, household enamelled pots in ivory color amongst others.
The lower shelves displayed more household pots and pans, there was even 2 irons. Everywhere there were signs that said "Don't touch" but I felt fortunate to be able to take such a close look at the specimens.
On the right a heavy looking iron wok, some rich colored clay pots on the lower shelf.
Below the big bamboo pan and the wooden board were used to scrub laundry, I was amazed to find the huge metal pot was for tea. How would the tea be kept warm, was there a compartment underneath for hot coals?
In white cupboards, an extensive collection of wooden molds peaked through glass doors, each one a different design for traditional Chinese sweets like moon cakes or green bean cookies.
More variations on the patterns for the smaller molds, I can still find these during my visit to Vancouver Chinatown.
In the corner a collection of fishing equipment, nets, hooks and ropes, and a couple of miniature fishing boats. The old fisherman's hat and grass cloak reminded me of sinister characters from Chinese martial arts movies.
It took us only a few minutes to explore the entire museum, though it was small it was an interesting find, I love its displays of forgotten things. There were few visitors that came to visit, others simply peaked through quickly or walked by without taking notice, we were glad to stop by. We headed towards the market, stay tuned next week as we share our discovery!

1 comment:

  1. The museum is charming, I like the do not touch signs.