Taiwanese Glove Puppetry

  Taiwanese Glove puppetry is called Bu Dai Xi, it comes from Fujian province of China in 17th century. It has been founded as a popular contemporary art in Taiwan and while preserving the tradition of the art. As the time goes by, it has developed in numerous genres, like the term of design, crafting, materials, and the performances in the country.

The glove puppet’s head utilizes carved wood into the vacant shape of humans’ head. Besides, the head, palms and feet are made of wood, the rest of the puppets’ body consists completely of cloth materials. During the time of show, master puppeteer will put their hands into puppet’s costumes and manipulate it. In previous years, this kind of shows which is similar as “cloth sacks ”, it literally means “Bu Dai Xi”.

  Taiwanese puppetry performances take place in rural temple festivals on customary way. The performances of puppet separate into first half part and second half part, resemble as Chinese opera. In addition, it can also determinate the personality of the puppetry from the characters’ voice. Generally, there are four types of the puppetries, including the personality of happiness, anger, sadness, and joy. The characters must rely on the manipulation of the backstage artist and the different carving, styling, and painting of each puppet.

Most of folk troupes in Taiwan mainly perform remuneration plays in front of the temple. The folks usually request for the opera from God before showing on the stage. This is the way to respect the God. The oldest forms of puppetries used to exorcise evil and keep away from death and disease. Therefore, the Taiwanese glove puppetry is not only the traditional religion in Taiwan, but also can bless the community, related to the inheritance of cultural values, and the stability of the established social classes.

  Nowadays, glove puppets’ show has known as the most vigorous development in Taiwan. It can be watched throughout cable television, DVD, and videotapes.

I reappropriate the stamp. Holding some elements and symbols together in the Formal Design to explain my background and my culture. The flower I choose which is called “Plum Blossom” is Taiwanese national flower. When I was child, I often watched the Taiwanese glove puppetry performance with my grandparent. That is the reason I pick it as my main design of the stamp. The character of the puppet’s name is Su- Huan, Jen which is a most popular character in Taiwanese glove puppetry. Combining the puppet with the plum blossom, and put the flower as the pattern on the puppet’s cloth. I select red as main color because the color red symbolizes luck, which is believed to prevent evil and get away from inauspicious in my culture.