In the activity center more than 20 woman volunteers try to combine soap and loofah in following the actions of the instructor. “When showering you first use the fragrant soap underneath, then you turn it over and use the loofah to scrub. It truly is convenient.” This is how Lin Qinglan proudly describes her own invention which combines soap and loofah. These days it is an extremely in vogue product, and two to thirty hundreds of them sell daily.
Elderly volunteer workers contribute their experience and teach others the secret of making loofah juice. “The first year the loofah juice was really stinky and acrid, because we forgot to put the lid on” Lin Qinglan explains while laughing. The loofah juice must be extracted over 5 consecutive days in which there is no rain after the plum rain season, when you cut the loofah vine and collect the juice, you should not allow it to mix with the night dew, or else it will smell bad. There are no artificial chemical compounds, and the product uses natural loofah juice to become one product best loved by women.
At present even if there is no one to teach them, these women can extrapolate from the knowledge they have acquired to create a wide variety of loofah manufactured products no one has thought of. These include slippers, a tissue box, a night lamp, a table lamp, a pen holder, a name card holder, a bath towel, and other products, each of which is exquisite and lovely. What is more, they also covered a traditional Chinese bamboo hat with loofah and created a traditional Chinese hat dance, which became popular throughout Tainan.
The bright golden loofah flower is blooming all over the Tianpu Community, making it seem like a city of gold. A good example of finding greatness in the ordinary is this plant. While not particularly eye-catching, loofah has led to the creation of a tenfold improvement in the economy. The goodness and mercy of the people of Tianpu is the community’s eternal heirloom.