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Korean Handicrafts: Arts in Everyday Life (Korea Essentials No. 20)
Price per Unit (piece): KRW 9,800
USD 7.33
Author: Seoul Selection Editorial Team
Publisher: Seoul Selection
Pub. Date: Dec 2014
Pages: 108
Cover: Softcover
Dimensions (in inches): 5.39 x 7.08 x 0.40
ISBN: 9788997639540
Language: English
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1
The Qualities of Korean Crafts 10
Naturalism I Elegance and the Artistic Spirit

Chapter 2
A History of Korean Crafts 16
Metal Crafts I WoodworkI Pottery I Modern Korean Handicraft

Chapter 3
A Selection of Korean Crafts 32
Gold Leaf Decoration | Ramie Fabric | Quilting I Shoe Making | Mother-of-Peal
Inlay I Metal Ornaments | Soban | Silver Inlay I Jade Carving | Sedge Weaving |
Bamboo Screens | Windows & Doors | Roof Tiles | Onggi Ware I Bell Casting

Chapter 4
Masters of Craft 76

Chapter 5
Crafts and Patterns 82
People | Animals | Plants | Artifical Patterns | Natural Scenery |
Letters and Characters| Geometric Patterns | Mixed Patterns

Chapter 6
Korean Crafts Today and Tomorrow 94
A Fresh Take on Tradition

Information 102

Delving Deeper
Ramie Weaving Process 38
The Artisans of Joseon 81
UNESCO Picks Top Korean Handicrafts 99

Book Description

Since time immemorial, Korea has developed an outstanding craft culture. Its superior quality can be seen in everything from the beautiful and elaborate golden crowns of the Three Kingdoms era (57 B.C.–A.D. 668) to the astonishing scientific technology of the Unified Silla era’s Seokguram Grotto. Even China, the birthplace of celadon, was bewitched by the magical jade greens found in the celadon of Goryeo. Simple yet sophisticated handicrafts handed down from the Joseon era continue to enjoy great popularity today among Koreans and people around the world.

This book was written as an introduction to Korean handicrafts and the manner in which they have captured Korea’s unique culture and way of life over the millennia. Its chapters examine the characteristics of these works as well as their history—the most representative pieces handed down from the past, along with the lives of the people who make them.


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