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Greater Taichung exhibition offers glimpse into past

By Chang Jui-chen and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

The Daya Flower Market in Greater Taichung’s Daya District (大雅) is inviting the public to participate in a “treasure hunt” at its “retrospective” fair, featuring a variety of home appliances used in earlier times.

The fair, which began on Monday and runs until Feb.17, has put on display several old-fashioned home appliances, ranging from huge oil and sugar urns traditionally used in grocery stores to giant three-layered bamboo steamer baskets, giving people a glimpse of how earlier generations lived.

While some of the products are new, visitors can also view a handful of vintage pottery urns with glazed surfaces.

Antiquer Wu Chen-kun said that although glazed oil and sugar urns were not rare in most households in the past, the majority were quite small and could hold only up to 2 liters.

“However, pottery urns used in grocery stores at the time could hold approximately 35 liters and had a special ringed-groove design around their mouths,” Wu said.

Wu said that the groove design stopped insects from getting into the sugar urns and also served to prevent oils, an expensive commodity in earlier times, from spilling.

The large three-layered bamboo steaming baskets available at the fair were primarily used to steam turnip cakes and rice cakes, with each layer able to hold up to 6.9kg of food.

Another highlight at the event is a 50-year-old bamboo basket that was used in wedding ceremonies.

Although the wedding basket’s original red color has faded, a note attached to it reads: “A union made in heaven (天作之合)” and gives the basket a traditional look.

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