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Iridescent Elegance: Mother-of-Pearl Craftsmanship in Korea 2024

In fall 2022, Jisoo from BLACKPINK showcased a stunning set of nails for the hit song “Pink Venom,” which paid homage to the exquisite artistry of Korean mother-of-pearl lacquerware, known locally as ‘jagae’. This traditional craft is celebrated for its iridescent shimmer, which captures and reflects light in a kaleidoscope of colors. Jisoo’s nails were […]

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Hanji: Korea’s Timeless Tapestry of Tradition, Craftsmanship, and Innovation

Hanji is a treasured facet of South Korea’s rich cultural tapestry, representing the traditional art of handmade paper-making that dates back over 1,500 years. Crafted from the inner bark of the “Dak” mulberry tree, hanji is renowned for its durability, natural texture, and delicate beauty. The labor-intensive process of creating this paper involves soaking, beating,

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Otchil: Bridging Ancient Korean Craftsmanship with Modern Elegance

Otchil (옻칠) is a traditional Korean lacquer technique that has been practiced for over two thousand years. Derived from the sap of the sumac tree (Rhus verniciflua), otchil not only provides an exquisite glossy finish but also offers durable protection against environmental factors. The technique involves multiple layers of lacquer application, making the resulting surface

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Eternal Echoes of Nam June Paik: A Beacon of Artistic Revelation

In 2001, artist Nam June Paik collaborated with Gyeonggi Province to brainstorm an art center and aptly named it “The House Where Nam June Paik Lives Long.” By 2008, the Nam June Paik Art Center was officially inaugurated. The center’s primary aim is to explore and present Paik’s artistic and philosophical visions, making them accessible

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