On one of my leisurely afternoons alone, I made my way to the Taipei Story House (台北故事館), a 1913 Tudor-style heritage site used as a small museum. Who would have known that the story of carrier bags exhibition (手提袋的故事展) within would turn out to be so enticing, and even a little touching?
Displaying a spread of 600 carrier bags on 2 floors, the exhibition is segmented into 5 main themes: the carrier bag as a Taiwan culture, a memory, a design, a global fashion, and a sentiment (where people contributed their bags and related stories). Alone, these carrier bags may be just another bag used to contain things, but together, they weave a powerful story that cannot be untangled from the life of any individual.
A flea market just outside the Taipei Expo Park (Yuan Shan Station)