Renowned Dyeing Artist: Costumes are ‘Beautiful viewed from any angle’

February 28, 2009 Updated: March 2, 2009

Taiwan's well-known botanical dye artist, Chen Shanshan. (Tang Bin/The Epoch Times)
Taiwan's well-known botanical dye artist, Chen Shanshan. (Tang Bin/The Epoch Times)
TAIPEI, Taiwan—Taiwan’s well-known botanic dye artist, Chen Shanshan, watched Divine Performing Arts’ (DPA) third show in Taipei on Feb. 27.

“Whether story-based dance or Chinese classical dance, DPA truly had the spirit of liveliness. The costumes’ colors captured the eyes; they were very attractive, very gorgeous. They were beautiful from any angle,” he said.

Ms. Chen has been creating dye arts for more than 30 years and published books on botanical dyes. Most of her work carries the theme “classical dance” and “heavenly maidens.” She dyes difficult items such as umbrellas and thin silks. In order to deepen her research, she even plants Nogi blue herself.

“These performers’ dance fundamentals are all superb. They way they raised their feet and arms surprised me. While dancing, their feet and toes were extended to the longest possible length—this was quite hard. It was rare.

“Even in the program The Monkey King Triumphs, the pig was able to walk with such a straight back. That was quite difficult. I feel that they dedicated a lot of effort into this performance.”

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of the Divine Performing Arts World Tour.
For more information, please see divineperformingarts.org

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