Hanji is only made possible by the people who make, use, and support it. From farmers to monks, unacknowledged women who bear the most tedious jobs, and equipment makers, these are the people that keep hanji alive today.
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Hanji formation comparisons: four papermakers
A comparative look at four different Korean papermakers, all using the traditional sheet formation style (webal tteugi): Jang Yong Hoon of Jang Ji Bang in Gapyeong, Shin Hyun Seh of Shin Hyun Seh Traditional Hanji in Uiryeong, Jang Eung Yeoll of Wonju Hanji in Wonju, and Jang Seong Woo of Jang Ji Bang in Gapyeong.
Jang Yong-hun, National intangible property holder of hanji making
Jang Yong-hoon was appointed in 2010 as the national intangible cultural property holder of papermaking in Korea. He was the Gyeonggi-do provincial holder for many years prior to his national designation. The father of my teacher, Jang Seong-woo, at Jang Ji Bang, helped me “get” Korean sheet formation technique when I struggled at the vat. He has since passed away but will always be remembered as one of the last traditional hanji makers of the pre-internet age.
Covid Conversations Life in a Time of Corona podcast, episode 10
Covid Conversations Episode 10 features two artists who make and work with paper.
Aimee Lee is an artist and scholar who champions Korean papermaking in the English-speaking world and beyond. She is the author of the award-winning book, Hanji Unfurled, and built the first hanji studio in North America, located in Cleveland, Ohio, where she lives. She teaches, lectures, exhibits, and is collected internationally.
Washi classroom in Setagaya-ku
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.
Mungyeong Hanji 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.
Kadoide Washi 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.
Jang Ji Bang, a Korean papermill
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.
Paper Road Exchange
The Silk Road Cultural Festival in Korea, which displays the cultures of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Zarif Muhtorov of Uzbekistan and maker of Samarkand paper, and Jang Yong Hoon, an intangible heritage practitioner and maker of hanji, presented a paper exchange at the National Palace Museum in Seoul. November 28, 2008.
Hanji in Uiryeong by Shin Hyun-se
A visit to a traditional Korean papermaker, Shin Hyun-se, in the southernmost province of mainland Korea. Bo Kyung Kim of
Fides International invited me to a video shoot of the process of making hanji. Few practitioners are left today, and this particular one supplies Fides with high quality conservation-grade paper.