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Current Exhibition

Everyday Material: Paper
Everyday Material: Paper
Everyday Material: Paper
  • Title
    Everyday Material: Paper
  • Period
    2017. 11. 15 - 2018. 5. 26
  • Venue
    Coreana Cosmetics Museum 6F
  • Introduction

    Among various materials we commonly use on a daily basis, paper is one of the most familiar kind. Since Cai Lun of the Later Han period (AD25-220) developed a method to produce paper and contributions to its popularization, paper has made a huge impact on the scholarship, arts, and also lifestyle in Asia as well as Europe.

    The period and channel of paper’s arrival in Korea is unknown, but the general consensus points to Buddhist scriptures that were imported along with Buddhism during the Three Kingdoms Period as the origin. Since then, traditional Korean paper manufacturing techniques advanced exponentially, as attested by paper relics from the Period of the Three Kingdoms that remain in existence.


    As a material we use everyday, paper’s strength lies in its formal and chromatic malleability. Anyone can produce unique designs through minor modifications without the need for any special skill. With the addition of oil or lacquer, one could even add durability, making up for paper’s inherent weakness. Also, paper is light; far lighter than other common materials in our daily life such as wood or metal, paper was easy to use for people of all age groups, for men and women alike. Moreover, paper is eco-friendly and recyclable, as well as malleable, as original forms could be transformed into new shapes. During the reign of the Joseon Dynasty, people made daily out of paper twine, recycled from old books or paper weather strips.


    This is the 21st special exhibition, presented by Coreana Cosmetics Museum. We hope that the exhibition will provide visitors with an opportunity to learn about the excellence of Korea’s paper-making techniques, and counter a wide range of paper-based products that have been part of our lives for over centuries.



    Supported by Coreana Cosmetics, Co., Ltd.

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