The dancing cotton thread that draws out facial luster

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The facial hair threader works their nimble fingers to tweak a cotton thread over the client's powdered white face, meticulously removing facial hair strand by strand. Wanmian Street in Shilin District, known locally as Threader Street, has thirty years of history in facial hair threading. Today, however, only a dozen or so threaders remain in the row of stalls adjacent to the Catholic church.

Regardless of the scorching summers or cold winters, come rain or shine, the facial hair threaders sit at their canopied stalls exhibiting a combination of dexterity and friendly banter, which may be why so many clients become good friends. Working a cotton thread across the face to remove facial hair is a traditional art that encompasses a real human touch. Hopefully, “Threader Street” will continue to pass on this traditional art and provide threading services to Taipei locals for another thirty years to come.

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手指熟練地拉扯著棉線,挽臉師傅全神貫注地看著 被「澎粉」塗白的臉,仔細地挽著每一根細毛。位在士林的挽面街,承載著30多年的挽臉歷史,如今佇立在天主堂旁的攤位 縮減至十幾攤。

陽傘下板凳上,雖然冬冷夏熱,但師傅純熟的技術 與親切地寒暄,讓許多熟客都成為了老朋友。手中的棉線,在毛孔間一來一回,這條線串起了這項傳統技藝,更牽起了濃濃的人情味,期待「挽面街」能屹立不搖,傳承更多的30年。

 

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