The 2018 Asian “Baby Carriers” International Touring Exhibition

Exhibition: The 2018 Asian “Baby Carriers” International Touring Exhibition “FERTILITY, BLESSINGS AND PROTECTION – CULTURES OF BABY CARRIERS”

Organizers: The National Museum of Prehistory (Taiwan), Ministry of Culture (Taiwan), and Office of Art and Culture (Chulalongkorn University)

Co-Organizers: Taipei Economic & Cultural Office (Thailand)

Produced by: Safety Packing & Transport Co.,LTD. INXO Production Sdn Bhd

Artwork Type: Cultural Relics Exhibition

Exhibition Period:  5-26 October 2018

Opening Ceremony: Monday, 8 October 2018 at 5:00 PM

Venue: Exhibition Hall, Floor 1, Art & Culture Building, Chulalongkorn University

Concept:

Inspired by the deep love of parents towards their children, the exhibition shows how babies are carried throughout the world.  Across cultures, baby carriers free the caregivers’ hands to perform domestic chores while carrying the infant.  At the same time, babies receive a sense of safety as the carriers enhance the bond between the parent and child.  By studying the various baby-carrying methods and the common practice found in different regions, we can gain insight into child-raising methods, religious concepts, social structures, and the traditional handicrafts of different cultures.

Co-organized by the Taiwan National Museum of Prehistory, Taiwan Ministry of Culture, the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand, and the Office of Art and Culture, Chulalongkorn University, the 2018 Asian “Baby Carriers” International Touring Exhibition showcases a wide array of baby slings, wraps and fabric carriers.  Officially launched in Taiwan, the exhibition begins with data from pre-historical and archaeological research in Taiwan that relate to parenting and child care.  The exhibition provides an overview of the culture of baby carriers and child rearing practices of Minnan, Hakka and the Austronesian-speaking people in Taiwan.  The display also showcases baby slings and carriers and other child care objects used by the ethnic minorities of Southwest China, Austronesian-speaking people from Borneo, Bali, and Siberia, and the tribes native to Taiwan. Throughout the exhibition, it is clear that people have developed unique styles of baby carriers based on their cultures, ways of life, the weather, the customs and aesthetic experiences.  However, all have several things in common – the concepts of breeding, blessings and protection are evident.  Take a walk through the exhibition to see how a parent’s love and care is a universal language that is spoken by all.

This exhibition is FREE and open to the general public, Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  The exhibition is closed on the weekends and public holidays.

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Associate Professor Dr. Suchana Chavanich Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University
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