Thursday, March 10, 2005
Colors of Korea
At the Jardin D'Acclimatation yesterday they were finishing the set up of a three week exhibit on display there: The Colors of Korea. The show tells the story of Hanji, which is traditional Korean paper hand-made by processing the bark of the mulberry plant. Fibers of the mulberry bark are especially long and provide production of physically stronger paper.
Hanji is used to create boxes, small chests, lanterns, and other artistic items. According to the Hanji website referenced above... "The paper is colored in a natural dye, and these colors stay beautiful and vivid without fading with age. The production process is so complicated that the production quantity is very limited. In fact, Hanji production was halted in the past due to lack of raw materials. However, as a result of an attempt to revive the Korean traditional art, more mulberry trees were planted and grown in Korea and Hanji crafts is booming."
The vibrant colors of the giant Hanji figures on display are amazing. There are so many of the figures around the jardin in all different shapes... dragons, horses, fish (in the ponds), birds (by the bird cages)... and lots of beautiful lanterns. The kids had a lot of fun running around the park and finding new shapes. Hanji is a beautiful art form. If you like Hanji, visit the Jardin this month -- it's well worth the price of admission.
My daughter with "Baby Kate" at one of the Hanji designs.
-- said Auntie M in Paris
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Lisa, The kids always like a visit to the Jardin anyway so I'm sure it will be a success if you get your family over there. The Hanji really is amazing. Now that I know the material better I will have to have a closer look.
mrsmogul, Thanks. I will check out your blog too.
Terry, You are always so kind. Thank you.
Flare, When I was trying to find out more about the Hanji exhibit I couldn't find much. I didn't see it announced in Pariscope either, but maybe I just didn't look in the right place.
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