The workshop is made from a repurposed storage space. The interior is spacious and has a high-rise ceiling. A variety of aboriginal arts are on display here, including wood carving, embroidery, and waving. The glass bead workspace is located on the farthest end. Our instructor will begin by introducing the meaning of the patterns and designs. There are more than 50 patterns of glass beads with 36 different meanings. The Kurakurau (Peacock bead) represents “love”, the Maca (eye bead) represents “protection and responsibility”, and the Cadacadaquan (earth bead) represents riches, etc.
The instructor will show us the tips and tricks of forming the beads next. The tiny bead must go to forming, coloring, design pulling, and more steps before it is completed. The baking process requires focus and care. If the bead is too far from the flame, the lowered temperature will result in the bead cracking. The beads must be baked at a temperature between 800-1200°C. You can rest assured because an instructor will be assisting you the whole time. Pick the color of the bead you wish to make and begin the journey to creating your own gem. The whole process will take between 1-1.5 hours. Once the beads are cooled, you can make them into a bracelet, necklace, or accessory.
To make a wonderful travel experience, make your own glass bead with blessings from the tribe. Make your reservation at the BIYA Glass Bead workshop for your next visit to Taitung!(Photo Credit：[email protected])