Korean paper or hanji is the name of traditional handmade paper from Korea. Hanji is made from the inner bark of Paper Mulberry, a tree native to Korea that grows well on its rocky mountainsides, known in Korean as dak. The formation aid crucial to making hanji is the mucilage that oozes from the roots of Hibiscus manihot. This substance helps suspend the individual fibers in water.
Jan is going to continue her studies here after we leave. She’s just had a successful exhibition in our home town of Adelaide and will now begin teaching the art in Australia.
Walking into a shop full of paper is like walking into a quilt shop. There are layers and layers of brightly colored papers lining the walls, floors and tables.
At the Festival on Saturday we watched a parade of young people wearing garments made of Hanji Paper.
I have purchased paper to create Quilts with, but I know we will investigate if further in the next few days.
I’ve also been looking at the traditional Korean Quilting and I have a lot to share on that, but it will have to wait for a future blog.
The images below are all paper.