An intangible heritage holder, Yoo Bae Geun is a hanji screen maker and experienced papermaker residing in Jeonju, a leading city in hanji production and history. He is one of two remaining screen makers in Korea today. March 2009.
Yamazaki Elementary School, a public school in Setagaya-ku in Tokyo, has an amazing washi classroom that was started by Ayako Yoshizumi. She is semi-retired now, but ran the washi program for 26 years and has worked tirelessly to teach children and community members how to make and use washi. Nov 2014.
A visit to Mungyeong Hanji in North Gyeongsang Province during the International Hanji Seminar. Mr. Kim and his father showed us their current paper mill as well as their old mill, now a museum, and the dak they had harvested and steamed outdoors. December 17, 2014.
A visit to Kadoide Washi in Niigata Prefecture, headed by Yasuo Kobayashi, a venerated papermaking elder who has trained and inspired countless papermakers around the world. This visit came on the heels of the annual kozo harvest and also coincided with a group of Israelis traveling with Izhar Neumann, another papermaker who kindly interpreted throughout. Nov 2014.
Scenes from a January 2009 apprenticeship at a papermill in Gapyeong run by 3rd and 4th generation papermakers about an hour and a half north and east of Seoul.
I spent a month in the mountains, some of it bitter cold, working alongside a family devoted to hanji and all of its manifestations. They fed me three square meals six days a week and the air was fresh. Hard work + gorgeous paper + lovely coworkers = the best month I’ve had in recent memory.
To see a video on how hanji is made, click here.