Chen Huei-mei is regarded as a national treasure. Her craft showcases delicate skills, combining techniques of cutting, twining, twisting, and embroidering; all she needs is a single thread to make a twined flower with auspicious patterns. This is the craft of “twined flower.”
In the old days, bride decorated hair with pomegranate, which symbolized abundant offspring and blessings. The groom’s mother would put on deer-patterned twined flower, and the bride’s mother would put on turtle-patterned twined flower, symbolizing longevity and wealth. Different people needed different twined flowers, and there were extensive rules. Ms. Chen strives to preserve and promote this craft, allowing twined flower to continue blossom and be passed down to future generations.