The making of Hanji paper ….
skin, boil, wash, pound
cover with the root mucus … of hibiscus manihot.
Blended together … artfully form.
In a warm room … dry slowly … covered with stones.
I am durable … unpreserved I outlast civilizations
Enter my door … I am cool in summer, warm in winter
Impenetrable … the rain that falls can not dim my light
Accompanied by cricket sound in a field of stars
I sit in the soft glow of papered lamp light
it’s ancient tradition a beckoning
all my loved ones resting deep in sleep,
and tonight a great nest of grandchildren
dreaming of mountain tadpoles
and the wild strawberries they picked
as their own sun kissed bodies ripened in the sun
In this moment
I wonder at the naturalness of this great love that binds us
I am dazed by this spiraling life my heart forever flies towards
while still maintaining my own self … full, nurturing, self providing
I sit here like an open field arms held wide for it all
Tonight looking out at the shadows cast in response to our light
the dreaming of this family and the vast silence of living surrounds me
I wrap myself round with the wonder of it all
At the strength and resilience this steady cadence our hearts beat
But oh, so strong
Hanji paper is a traditional paper made in Korea from the inner bark of the paper mulberry. It is durable with archival properties and can be openly displayed in museums without protection. It is a good ventilator but can also keep a room warm so it is used to cover their wooden framed doors. It is also waterproof. It’s translucent qualities lend well to the artistry of shading lamps.
Hanji Paper Artist: Kitty Jun-Im