It’s a sunny and shiny day in Taitung. I rode the scooter along Highway 11, arriving at Taitung Indigenous Culture and Creative Industries Park which is next to Pacific Ocean. Here is a clothing studio which is worth for your deep understanding, named Kapaz Clothing Creativity Studio.
Once you open the wooden door, you’ll definitely be shocked by what you have seen. There’s an ecosystem named Kapaz inside, with driftwoods, leaves and flowers covered by yellow light. Yun-Ting, who is the founder of the studio, guided us to sit down, and started to tell us the story about this studio which she had built up. The name “Kapaz Clothing Creativity” originates from “roots” in Paiwan, mainly focusing on female clothing, preferring to use natural material such as cotton, linen and dye yam, also creating through tie-dyeing, weaving and clothing remake, expecting to remind people of the connection with Mother Nature by the the most comfortable touch. At the same time, she also offers courses about it, for letting more people know the beauty of handicraft art.
Talking about the origin of the studio, we should talk about the encounter with Taitung. In summer of 2019, Yun-Ting participated in an activity named 2019 Craft Taiung - Project Them : Hand On Craft Now. It’s the first time she who was brought up in Taipei stepped into Taitung, at that time, she followed a teacher to learn how to dye and weave in Rulakes Tribe, and was impressed by the deep connection with nature in Rukai Culture. She was filled with the sense of comfortable between the mountains and the sea, and it was something she never experienced in her whole life. At the end of the activity, she made a suit named “Kapaz”. However, when she went back to Taipei, she found something missing in her heart. She recalled the memories in Taitung, thinking about the question that “Why do people lose connection with Mother Nature?” back and forth, then, she decided to move to Taitung to figure out the answer.
After living in Taitung for a period of time, Yun-Ting followed her heart, establishing Kapaz Clothing Creativity Studio, and the name is based on the work when she first met Taitung, which not only means the beginning of this lifestyle but also means searching for our roots. She said she had tried a lot of creation material and methods, and the only one persistence is a sense of comfort. When we were born in this world, the first thing we encountered was being covered by a blanket. It represents that clothing is a really close thing to human beings. However, in the process of industrialization, instead of feeling the deep intimacy with clothing, most people only follow the step of fast fashion, and waste a lot of precious clothing materials. Yun-ting thought it’s a pity, she said “Clothing shouldn’t be only for pursuing fast and fashion, but also for a sense of comfort and the sustainable consciousness that follows. They are closely related to each other. Only when people feel the clothing is comfortable, they would be willing to wear it again and again, and that’s the key to sustainability.” , and she hopes to bring back the value of clothing through her creation. In order to fulfill the dream, Yun-ting mixed her experiences and ideals, setting “Natural” and “Comfortable” as the creation rules of Kapaz Clothing Creativity Studio. The natural-dyed dress is the signature clothing, mainly making slouchy and elegant cuts, dyeing by natural material such as dye yam, creating a variety of clothing by many coloring methods. And in the daily creation time, she is accustomed to boil the dye liquor at the seaside, not only for creating a brighter coloring but also for feeling the mood of Mother Nature, and it’s also the most important brand spirit - “To Find Back the Connection with Mother Nature”.
Kapaz Clothing Creativity Studio has been established for one year, undoubtedly there are highs and lows in the process, and when talking about the future plan, Yun-ting said her new works would be on show at the exhibition named “People on the Land”. The new creation included four suits, taking “seasons” as the main line. In summer, she first reconnected to the natural world, also the origin of the brand, so she would display “Kapaz” which she created in Rulakes Tribe to show the toughness of the land through cotton and linen base; In fall, she had a really good time going surfing, so she dyed the clothing to present the ripples of the billowing ocean, as well as her feeling down the sea level; In Winter, she loved to go hiking, and kept the misty air, spreading vines and towering trees in Dulan Mountain as creating nutrients; In Spring, she went diving in Green Island, and was greatly touched by the pavoline view of corals, so she dyed the happy dancing corals on the suits. Through these four suits, she documented her daily life about being with nature in summer, fall, winter and spring. Yun-ting said, Clothing is something that people would truly feel the connection with nature through skin touch. Hope people put on the most comfortable and natural clothes to get close to Mother Nature in daily life. After all, She always believes that there’s a part about the love of nature in everyone's heart, only whether being awake or not.