Sanxia Indigo Dyeing Center

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  • Phone:+886 02 8231 6699
  • Address:No.3, Ln. 20, Zhongshan Rd., Sanxia Dist., New Taipei City 237, Taiwan (R.O.C.) View on Map
Sanxia was originally named Sanjiaoyong. Due to the three rivers of Dahan, Sanxia, and Heng converging at this point, it was called Sanjiaoyong, with Sanjiao meaning "triangle". During the Japanese occupation period, Sanjiaoyong was changed to "Sanxia", in accordance to the Japanese pronunciation. Well-known products of Sanxia include indigo dye, biluochun tea, green bamboo shoots, and cow's horn bread. The Sanxia History Museum is an important platform for the indigo dye industry. It invites dye designers to plan exhibits, as well as workshop creators to participate. Indigo dyeing is promoted in order to enchance the creative development of the dyeing process. Every year from June to July, indigo dyeing activities are hosted. Through DIY activities, the history of indigo dye in Sanxia will be introduced. Visitors can experience the dye in person, all while learning about its production process and various tie-dyeing techniques. There's open recruitment for more dyeing talents, so that the skill can continue to flourish and be passed down to future generations. Indigo dyeing utilizes anti-dyeing methods to produce patterns without effects. Commonly used methods include: tie-dye, seam dyeing, and batik dyeing. You can first select the cloth or sample you want to dye, take a look at the dyed demonstration on the wall, and use a rubber band to tie down the area you want to leave blank. You'll need to tie tightly so that the color doesn't end up seeping through. When dyeing, you'll also need to wear gloves first and wet the cloth. During the process of dyeing, constantly twist the cloth by hand until the dye has seeped into the cloth. Freshly-dyed cloth will be green, but once you set it out to dry in the sun it will oxidize. When twisting it again, the cloth will change from green to blue. Afterward, return to dyeing the cloth and once it is completed three more times, the process is complete. Those who are interested can pay Sanxia a visit! 



Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00

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