(a traditional Korean Paper)



Though paper was originally invented in China, its manufacture later developed numerous variations, most notably in Korea. Hanji, a kind of traditional Korean paper made from mulberry bark,
is characterized by its durability, luster, and absorption.
Since Chonju and its vicinity have long been the center of
Hanji production, the people of Chonju take justifiable pride in taking part in one of Asia's most renowned paper manu facturing traditions.

Hanji, which is made of the bark of special "paper" mulberry trees, has been produced as paper for calligraphy, as paper for industry and the arts, as window paper, and as a covering for the floor.


 Earlier government authorities encouraged people to grow paper mulberry trees from the Koryo Dynasty to the Chosun Dynasty, and tree cultivation was highly systematized.

 In both dynasties, Chonju was highly regarded both for its Hanji production capacity and the quality of its paper. Hanji came to occupy an important role as tribute to be sent to the palace by local officials, and also figured prominently in the export trade with China. Currently, 9 firms operate in the Chonju Hanji Cooperative Complex. In addition, since the 37th Pungnam Festival in 1995, Hanji has been reevaluated as a valued asset in Korea's arts. There has been a Hanji Exhibition Event held as part of Pungnam Festival in an effort to increase awareness of Hanji.

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