It is a my blog that follows the previous “Taipei Travel Report－－The Beginning of the Trip“.
The main purpose of my visit to Taipei was to look for plants that could be used for plants dye , in herbal medicine. We examined in advance the Chinese names of plants to be dyes, and their herbal names. Then we came to “Dihua Street” in Taiwan.
Dihua Street is an old city that tells the story of the turbulent Taiwan history. Of the approximately 370 buildings that make up the city, about 180 are considered historic buildings. However, many of them are still active as stores. And there are people’s lives here. So there are lots of colorful daily necessities. It has a unique atmosphere, not just a historic area.
Dihua Street has many chinese herbal medicine stores that we want. Originally, Dihua Street started to start up in the end of the Qing Dynasty (in the middle of the 1800’s), with stores that handled items in Taiwan naturally gathered. During the Japanese rule (the first half of the twentieth century), dried foods, chinese herbal medicines, teas and cloths came to be collected from all over Taiwan. Those items are still handled, and they are the largest wholesale area in Taiwan.
In other words, it is a nice city for me to dye with plants.
We will walk around the city and look for items needed for plants dyeing.
to be continued.