| Hardy AJ |
KOREAN Hanji art is now available here in Brunei, offered by locally-based Korean artist Lauren HUH.
Having stayed in the country for quite a while, Lauren – who operates from her house in Kampong Mata-Mata – came up with the idea of making Hanji art to offer a distinct experience to Bruneians who are keen on lapping up the unique art from other countries.
Lauren’s range of Hanji art will enhance the atmosphere in the living room or bedroom, especially with Chinese New Year coming up.
Hanji is the name of a traditional handmade paper from Korea, which is made from the inner bark of Paper Mulberry, a native tree that grows well in Korea’s rocky mountainsides, known among Koreans as Dak.
Lauren points out that Hanji art is divided into two styles — two-dimensional and three-dimensional. The two-dimensional art uses papers of various colours to create an image in a similar format as painting. The paper is folded and crumpled to make the image stick out from the paper it is adhered to, creating depth for some of the elements.
The three-dimensional Hanji art is similar to paper mache, usually in the form of sculptural objects, she said.
Traditional Hanji craft include Jiho, Jido and Jiseung. Jiho is a method that uses Hanji scraps soaked in water and then added to glue, making a clay-like paste that can be moulded into lidded bowls. Jido is the craft of pasting many layers of Hanji onto a pre-made frame, which can be made into sewing baskets and trunks, while Jiseung is a method of cording and weaving strips of Hanji to make a wide array of household goods, including trays, baskets, mats, quivers, shoes, washbasins and chamber pots.
During the Joseon Period, Lauren explained, Koreans used Hanji to make various everyday goods including washbasins, handheld fans, document drawers, cushions and arrow quivers.