paper dolls made of a special handmade
Korean paper called
Kim from Korea first explains how Han-Ji
paper is made and how the dolls are made
from this paper. Then she shows us photos
of the beautiful Han-Ji paper dolls made
by her friend's mom.
Han-Ji Dak Paper Doll
Kim from Korea
Korea, we have a special paper called Han-Ji
that is made by hand and is dyed with natural
materials. It requires a lot of time to make
Han-Ji; it has to go through a ten-step process.
photos: Sandy Peters
Han-Ji paper is extremely soft
like cotton, but it's tough. Our ancestors
used it for various things; many kinds of
Han-Ji crafts, artwork, dolls and
house wares are made of this paper.
are three beautiful Dak paper dolls
that my friend's mom made .
usually takes a month to finish making a
doll completely. Bigger ones sometimes
take three or four months.
you have to boil material which is made mostly made
from the Dak tree. Then, you have to wash it
and expose it to the sun. Next you have to beat it
and dissolve it in water.
that, you need to strain it through a special net
to take out the water. Then you dry it and trim
paper is extremely soft like cotton, but it's
tough. Our ancestors used it for various things;
many kinds of Han-Ji crafts, artwork, dolls
and house wares are made of this paper.
Dak paper doll craft is especially
interesting. Han-Ji is made of the
Dak tree, so we say Dak meaning
Han-Ji when we describe this craft.
is not difficult to make a Dak paper doll,
but it requires much time and effort to make one.
First, you have to make a frame for the doll's
body; the frame is made of wire.
the frame is bound with Han-Ji which is cut
into tape. We have to paste the Han-Ji on
the doll little by little, very carefully, thinking
about the mass of the doll. Then the body is shaped
with dyed Han-Ji to match with the skin.
Finally, the doll is dressed in paper
I visit my friend, I see beautiful Dak paper
dolls made by her mom. About two years ago, her mom
and her mom's friends who also make these dolls
held exhibitions. Most of the dolls they make
express something about childhood in Korea.
usually takes them a month to finish making a doll
completely. Bigger ones sometimes take three or
four months. After they have spent all that time
making the dolls, they often get attached to them;
they are like their children.
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