Made in Sai Ying Pun; a neighbourhood museum to celebrate the spirit of craftsmanship 《西營盤社區博物館：工匠精神》展覽
Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong’s new hotbed of urban cool, is at its heart still a low key traditional neighbourhood with dried fish, neon signs and lots of old men in white vests hanging out at the local tea house. Dig a bit deeper and you find old-school craftsmanship around every street corner. You see artisans at work in small workshops and tucked away factories. Not the type of art & craft advertised in glossy travel magazines, but the honest home-grown skills of hardworking men and women who produce things the way locals like it; the traditional way. In this tight-knit community, the skills of woodworkers, bamboo crafters, and joss-paper makers are still much in demand. Here, ancient noodle and biscuit recipes are treasured like gold and you can even find Hong Kong oldest soy sauce factory. Meet the SYP craftsmen and experience SYP’s proud and unique culture through their eyes and their hands.
“In Sai Ying Pun you can still find old craftsmanship around every street corner.”
“Good tools are prerequisite to the successful execution of a job.”
We visited 16 local craftsmen in Sai Ying Pun to learn about their trade, their tools, their stories and what makes them proud. This is what we found:
- Skill is timeless. Ancient recipes and traditional methods are passed on from generation to generation. The skills of today are based on decades of experience from old masters.
- Natural Creators . craftsmen are not afraid of re-inventing their products to cater to a new generation.
- Spirit of Place . Local products for loyal customers. The craftsmen have a deep connection to the neighbourhood and they make the place what it is, a place where you can find the spirit of old Hong Kong.
See what they create; learn what they love; feel their passion and find out how you can help sustaining these local businesses and keep heritage alive.
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