Thoughts on Studying Cultural Ergonomics for the Atayal Loom

  • Yuma Taru
  • John Kreifeldt
  • Ming-Xean Sun
  • Rungtai LinEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9741)


The purpose of this study is to explore the meaning of cultural objects and to extract their cultural features from Taiwanese aboriginal culture. Atayal is a tribe of Taiwanese aborigines whose culture is disappearing rapidly due to a hundred years of colonization. The weaving box, a cultural object, unique to the Atayal loom, is the subject of this study. Based on the previous studies, this study proposes a cultural ergonomic research model to provide designers with a valuable reference for designing a successful cross-cultural product as well as the interwoven experience of design and culture in the design process. This study attempts to illustrate how by enhancing the original meaning and images of Taiwan aboriginal culture features they may be transformed into modern products by taking advantage of new production technology and so fulfill the needs of the contemporary consumer market.


Ergonomics Cultural ergonomics Atayal loom Taiwan aboriginal culture 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the support for this research provided by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan under Grants 103-2221-E-144 -001 -MY2 and 103-2410-H-144 -003 -MY2. The authors also wish to thank those who contributed to the research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuma Taru
    • 1
  • John Kreifeldt
    • 2
  • Ming-Xean Sun
    • 3
  • Rungtai Lin
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Graduate School of Creative Industry DesignNational Taiwan University of ArtsBan Ciao City, TaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Tufts UniversityMedfordUSA
  3. 3.Institute of Applied ArtsNational Chiao Tung UniversityHsinchuTaiwan

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