58-year old Jang Eung-yeall has been making traditional Korean paper, or hanji in Korean, for the last 40 years.
He has devoted his life to the craft,. using the traditional techniques he learned from his father.
His family has been making hanji for four generations, and his business is one of about 10 remaining papermills in the nation that make this paper by hand.
[Interview : Jang Eung-yeall, Hanji Master ] "Handmade hanji is much stronger than machine-manufactured hanji, with one-to-two centimeters-long tree fibers closely sticking together, and the air is more permeable to the paper. We call hanji a "breathing paper". Simply put, handmade hanji is far superior".
This delicate but strong paper is made from the bark of paper mulberry trees.
All the necessary ingredients to make hanji come from the nature, and this traditional handmade paper-making process doesn't include any chemicals.
Koreans have been making the traditional paper for about 16-hundred years, since the ancient Three Kingdom periods.
[Reporter : Park Ji-won
email@example.com] "Hanji can be both exceedingly smooth and highly textured to the Touch. It comes in many colors and is extremely durable, lasting for more than a thousand years".
His papermill is located in the city of Wonju, some 120 kilometers east of Seoul, a city renowned for hanji.
Every September since 1999, the city hosts "Wonju Hanji Festival", and the city was designated as an industrial special zone of hanji in 2006.
[Interview : Kim Yang-jin, Executive Committee Chair
14th Wonju Hanji Festival 2012
] "From ancient times, Wonju has been famous for producing quality hanji. Many history books show that hanji made in Wonju was used at royal palaces.
The hanji festival was first organized by citizens who deplored the fading tradition, and this year marks the 14th festival".
Besides its main use as a paper,.. hanji is widely used for a variety of artifacts,. such as bowls, lanterns, furniture, and clothes.
Visitors to the festival can enjoy diverse programs related to hanji, including exhibitions, learning activities, and even a fashion show.
This year's Wonju Hanji Festival continues until this Sunday.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News, Wonju.
Reporter : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stay on topic and do not spam.
- Emoticons are fun, but actual thoughts are appreciated.
- Refrain from abusive language.
- Post only in English, as this is an English language community.
- Do not share pages or media unrelated to the topic you are commenting on.
- Do not request or mention illegal download/streaming services.
- No graphic content allowed.
- Respect the right of other users to share their opinion. Arguments are welcome, fights are not.
Comments which break the rules will be erased. Repeated rule breaking will result in blacklisting.
'Innovation school' opens in Seoul
By Kim Bo-eun A parent-proposed "innovation school" has opened in Sangdo-dong, southwestern Seoul, as part of efforts to do away with formalities and promote better communication among teachers, students and their parents. Sanghyun Elementary School is the first "innovation school" to be establis,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Scent" of Success...
Film: "The Scent" Director: Kim Hyeong-joon-I Stars: Park Hee-soon, Park Si-yeon, Joo Sang-wook,,...More
Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$2.99 per month (you can cancel anytime).
The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016Movies Nominees Most Popular Actor in a Movie Most Popular Actor in a Drama
Drama of the week