學員對課程的回饋3：「沒有學歷不是一種限制，ca'ay ka pisawad（永遠不要放棄自己），只要有熱誠及初衷。老師就是一個靠著神的傳奇人物。」
In 2009, offered Indigenous Clothing Tailoring Course
Lisin has always wanted to share their creative wisdom and passion for cultural heritage with their fellow tribespeople. From a young age, Lisin was inspired by the sunlight, the tiny flowers in the fields, the adornments of their mother, and the evening sky's hues. As a child of the sun, known as "special" in the Amis language, the color red represents the source of cultural heritage in their memories. This energy has driven Lisin's dedicated design efforts, and conserving culture is their ultimate vision.
However, in 2009, Lisin was thrilled and burdened when invited by the Ji'an Township Office and recommended by a friend to become a lecturer for the Indigenous Fashion Design course at an Association. While it was a validation, it also came with a sense of responsibility and pressure. Lisin felt insecure about not having completed primary school, despite their rich experience. Could they genuinely teach their fellow tribespeople the cultural significance conveyed through clothing design, pattern making, cutting, and sewing? Lisin started their journey in the textile industry at 16, accompanying their older sister to work in Taipei. They began learning garment production as a factory worker and eventually transitioned to a tailoring position at a lingerie company called Wacoal, where their skills were highly regarded. After getting married, Lisin returned to their roots and began crafting Amis tribal attire, translating their impression of red and their original intention of dressing their mother into the color schemes and motifs of the garments.
The industrial heritage
Nowadays, Lisin made the clothing design legacy is being passed down to her daughter. However, Lisin does not feel entirely satisfied. "Amis culture is the heritage of every Amis person. It is our mission and inherent wisdom. Wisdom should also return to the tribe," says Lisin when she received an invitation from the Ji'an Township Office in Hualien, taiwan. She seized the opportunity to share her insights and creative concepts of designing clothing with her fellow tribespeople.
During the event, Lisin treated each student's questions as a learning opportunity. "Because I didn't receive a formal education, my expression may not always be clear. So I try my best to explain things clearly, using Mandarin and professional terminology so they can gradually understand the mysteries of clothing culture," Lisin explains. With humility and a grand vision, Lisin hopes that everyone will have confidence and a strong sense of identification with the intrinsic value of their cultural clothing.
Passion Can Move People
Lisin's daughter learned from her mother's dedication and perseverance in cultural heritage. These values are translated into the color schemes and quality of the clothing. The daughter says, "At first, I wasn't used to telling others how to start designing a garment. I had to learn the basics of tailoring and pattern-making from scratch. But my mother understands how to teach with limited knowledge. I rely on my passion for culture and my commitment to artistic heritage. Perhaps it is this drive that overcomes difficulties and selflessly teaches others!"
A male student who is one in this class initially joined to accompany his wife and thought it would be a way to spend some time. However, he expressed that coming here was the right choice. Although he cannot make women's suits like the others creating a men's vest is also a valuable lesson. He says, Being here makes me realize that making clothes (Amis tribal attire) is a professional craft. It's not just about cutting and pasting fabric together (laughs). But when you wear the clothing, it's like wearing the culture itself. And knowing that it's the result of my efforts, this vest represents more than just culture and the transmission of civilization."
Honoring the Red Memories
This event aimed to "combine the artistic talents of the workshop artists with the resources of sewing equipment to conduct clothing-making courses for women in the community, to enhance their leisure, recreational, and employment capabilities, and thereby revitalize the community's tribal functions and quality." Interestingly, the participants also found their value as cultural inheritors while making clothing. Through this event, everyone completed their own set of modified indigenous clothing.
In the black garments, red stitching adorns the chest and hem, while the cuffs and back waist are adorned with the esteemed red color. The small floral patterns also follow the red borders. Lisin expresses that this is where the mother's presence is felt, and memories of growth emerge, just as the Earth Mother nurtures all things, allowing different regions to flourish like flowers. The distinctive features of the entire ensemble bring forth beautiful memories of the elegant and noble clothing. Aside from overcoming the challenges in the production process, it is also a journey of self-discovery. Feedback from the participants about the course:
Participant 1: "It would be great if there could be another session. The teacher (Lisin) knows how to transform the elders' memories into clothing color schemes. Looking forward to focusing on the 'S-curve border' and selecting patterns for future teachings."
Participant 2: "The teacher (Lisin) is truly amazing. This was a precious activity."
Participant 3: "Not having a formal education is not a limitation. 'Ca'ay ka pisawad' (never give up on oneself), as long as there is passion and original intent. The teacher is a legendary figure inspired by the divine."