Korean Hanji Paper

Hanji Paper

Korean Hanji Papers

Mulberry Kozo Papers from Korea

You can feel the centuries of refinement in Korean Hanji Paper which finds its roots as far back as the 3rd century. Like all kozo papers, Hanji utilizes the inner bark of the mulberry tree but what sets it apart is the addition of Hibiscus meniot. The meniot aids in holding the pulp fibers together adding a level of strength and durability not found in other mulberry-based papers. The longevity and quality of Hanji paper is virtually unmatched.

As a result of its strength and durability, Hanji paper has found many uses over the years including lining floors, walls and doorways of straw thatched homes to help control temperature and moisture. It was also used to record legal documents and written histories dating back to over 800 years that are still preserved in Korea. In more contemporary years, Hanji has been used in a variety of both traditional Korean art applications including jiho, jido, joomchi, and jiseung, and western art forms like lamp shades, collage, origami and decoupage.

To see more about how Hanji paper is made, check out this video clip from CBS Sunday Morning...An Ancient Tradition: Making hanji paper in Korea.