Taiwan

Tie & Dye Crafts at Indigo Dying House

Dying our creations

Dying our creations

During our holiday in Taiwan I brought the kids to try out various different crafting activities. Many of these activities are extremely expensive if it was done in Singapore and it was great that we could try out many different activities at an affordable price.

Indigo Dyeing House was one of the place which we visited. Located in Miaoli County  this  Dyeing house uses natural dies from plants to color their products.

The teacher explaining about the tie dye process

The teacher explaining about the tie dye process

Before we started on our crafting we had to choose the item we wanted to dye.  There were many different items which we could make ranging from lamp shades, handkerchiefs, bags or even scarfs. Tiger girl chose to make a scarf for her paternal grandmother while the  Monkey boy chose a handkerchief and Doggie boy a Strawberry  Bag.

The other side of the workshop

The other side of the workshop

The workshop was divided into two sections.  There were benches for the participants to do the tying of the material and the other section was where the dying took place.

The teacher showing the different patterns that one can make

The teacher showing the different patterns that one can make

The kids in action deciding on how to tie their pieces

The kids in action deciding on how to tie their pieces

The kids had to use the rubber band and sticks to tie the pattern that they wish to see on their pieces of art.

Tiger girl picking up the chopsticks to tie

Tiger girl picking up the chopsticks to tie

The patterns that were made on the cloths were done by using the chopsticks/ ice-creme sticks to block out certain parts of the cloth so that it is not stained by the dye.

I personally have taught Tie Dye during Art lessons in school but we never used natural dyes nor sticks in creating the patterns on the cloths. What we used were just rubber bands and marbles.

Doggie boy soaking his piece in blue dye.

Doggie boy soaking his piece in blue dye.

After each piece had been tied up it was time to dye it. We had to use aprons and gloves so that we wouldn’t get the dye onto our clothes. Each piece had to be soaked within the blue tie for 3 minutes before being giving it a rinsed. There had to be  3 rounds of soaking to ensure that the cloth absorbed enough of the dye.

The design on grandma's scarf

The design on grandma’s scarf

The design on Tiger girl's scarf

The design on Tiger girl’s scarf

Monkey boy's handkerchief

Monkey boy’s handkerchief

Doggie boy's Strawberry Bag

Doggie boy’s Strawberry Bag

Have you tried Tie Dye before?

卓也藍染 Indigo Dyeing House
No.1-9, Bengshanxia, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County 367, Taiwan
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Lipaoland Theme Park, Taiwan

Tiger girl posing with mascots of Lihpaoland.

Tiger girl posing with mascots of Lihpaoland.

During our last trip to Taiwan the kids wanted to go to a Theme Park that had both fun and thrilling rides and water rides too. In the end we decided on Lipaoland in Taichung as it had both a  Theme park and a Water park side by side.

Our room at Fullon Hotel , Yue Mei 福容 月眉

Our room at Fullon Hotel , Yue Mei 福容 月眉

To reduce the time we would spend travelling we booked a  package deal which gave us a two day access to both parks and one night stay at the Fullon hotel with both buffet dinner and breakfast.

The hotel was located on the grounds of the theme park and it only took a 5 min walk to either park.

The family  room  we booked was certainly huge as it had two queen size bed and a tatami bed for all 5 of us. The kids had fun alternating between the queen size bed and the tatami as all wanted to take turns sleeping on the floor.

The sign board showing all the rides in the park

The sign board showing all the rides in the park

We headed to the park shortly after it opened for business. As it wasn’t the holiday season for schools in Taiwan there wasn’t a crowd at all.  In fact it was  almost  relatively empty and it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. The most awesome part of it was there were NO QUEUES!! The kids could have as many rounds  as they wish on the different rides.

The bumper cars

The bumper cars

We had our fun on the bumper cars.

Posing for a picture at a photo booth

Posing for a picture at a photo booth

The boys and R went on the roller coaster rides while Tiger girl and I went on the gentler ones.

Posing on the  horse

Posing on the horse at the Merry-Go-Round

The Merry-Go-Round is one of Tiger girl’s favourite ride. She went on it a couple of times when we were at  Tokyo Disneysea 2 years ago.

The leg powered S-Car-Go

The leg powered S-Car-Go

Tiger girl in the snail ride

Tiger girl in the snail ride

This has to be one of the most exhausting rides for Tiger girl and Doggie boy. They had to manually pedal as hard as they could to get the snail to go around the whole track.  Talk about a Snail Ride!!

A scenic display

A scenic display

There were quite a couple of display areas where one could snap photos but I gave many a miss due to the intense afternoon heat. It was scorching hot from the summer sun and the kids and I couldn’t wait to retreat back to the hotel for a rest.

Where have you been this holidays?

 

 

 

Lipaoland Theme Park

NO8,Fullon Road,Hou-Li ,
Taichung City421, Taiwan

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