Posted by: rbbadger | January 29, 2009

Korean Paper Flowers

One of the greatest gifts the Chinese bestowed upon civilisation was paper.  The Koreans also developed a paper of their own known as hanji.  It is made of mulberry bark and is prized for its strength and beauty.  Paper was not used for calligraphy alone.  It could be lacquered and made into rigid containers for brushes and quite a few other things besides.  China is well known for its paper crafts, especially for its artisans who can make all sorts of fanciful designs with just a sheet of paper and pair of scissors.  The Koreans developed paper flowers into quite an exquisite artform, as we can see from these images of paper flowers at the Namsangol Hanokmaeul. 

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  1. I love the paper flowers! What an art!

  2. That is so pretty! That is something I would enjoy learning.

  3. Picture number 5 shows something greatly beloved by Buddhists, namely lotus flowers. While Chinese and Japanese temples are decorated with all sorts of paper lanterns, Korean Buddhist lanterns are quite different, given that they are in the shape of a lotus flower.

    The opening up of the lotus flower is seen as a depiction of enlightment, namely opening up and seeing one’s true nature. It is for this reason that the lotus flower and lotus lanterns are much beloved by Korean Buddhists.

  4. they’re so pretty! that’s amazing. you should learn how to do that and then come teach me. 🙂 also, i think you should pound the rice next time! hee hee!

    i really enjoyed the music you posted. i think some of those traditional horns are funny–they sound kind of like big kazoos. don’t tell them i said that! but when they do those blasts, i laugh every time. 😀

  5. Pic number 5 is my favorite, but they are all beautiful.

  6. […] Namsangol Hanok Village consists of a few old homes which have been restored and relocated.  If you want to refresh your memory of what these beautiful houses look like, click here.  This was the same place with the beautiful paper flowers.  You can see those photos by clicking here. […]

  7. Where can I learn to make these?

    • I’m not sure.


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