Su Ho Memorial Paper Museum
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Papermaking and paper craft in Taipei
The Suho Paper Museum may not be one of the most well-known museums in Taipei, nor is it the largest by far, but its well-curated, educational collection and a DIY papermaking experience offered on the peaceful rooftop make it a destination worth seeking out. The ground floor of the museum houses a working paper mill and a small gift shop filled with beautifully crafted paper items. The second and third floors are devoted to a rotating exhibition space of contemporary paper craft and a permanent collection displaying some clever, manufactured paper products, respectively. The dual rooftop includes the papermaking workshop area as well as a bamboo tea house. Make sure to catch the two short films shown alternately on the main floor videoscreen. The first describes the evolution of traditional Taiwanese paper-making, using equipment similar to what is right next to you in the museum's paper mill. The second is a fascinating documentary about a type of paper formerly manufactured in Taiwan, made by thinly slicing the dried, spongy core of a tall grass plant helically into one incredibly long single roll -- as you can imagine, the skill of these artisans is mind-boggling. All around, the Suho is a beautiful museum and satisying discovery in the heart of Taipei.
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