Based on the government’s efforts in promoting the cultural and creative industry, studies on aboriginal cultures have mushroomed in recent years. Among all of the aboriginal cultures in Taiwan, the achievement of Paiwan crafts and arts is particularly remarkable. Its cultural elements feature a variety of totems and patterns that carry rich cultural meanings. The most representative totem is the pattern of the hundred- pacer, a symbol of nobility; it plays an important role in Paiwan culture. As ethnic style becomes a global trend in the realm of fashion, elements of aboriginal cultures are frequently incorporated into clothing and artworks. Hence, this study aims to apply Paiwan cultural elements to styling and ornament designs in order to combine traditional cultures and modern images for creation.
This study is carried out in four phases. Phase one adopts documentary analysis to gain an understanding of Paiwan culture, and pictures of hundred-pacer patterns are collected to serve as a source for inspiration. Phase two extract elements from hundred- pacers, and converts them for design. Phase three combines the converted elements and uses modern materials and skills for creation. The results include five sets of creations: Outstanding Beauty, Agile Phantom, Geometric Ripple, Time of Wealth, and Fashion of the Wild. The creations are ornaments, styling and total –look design. Phase four focuses on the verification of the creations; documentary analysis is adopted to collect appropriate adjectives, and five sets of them are selected through expert interviews. Finally, semantic analysis is used on 200 questionnaires to explore interviewees’ perceptions of the Paiwan cultural images applied in the creations.
This study shows that the interviewees generally perceive a sense of charm, wildness, fashion, splendor, refreshment, intelligence and gracefulness. The interviewees’ evaluations are highly consistent with the concept of the creations.