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March 29, 2019
On this date the China National Silk Museum (NSM), near the West Lake in Hangzhou, Eastern China, held it’s first ‘Korean Evening.’ Various events were organized by: the Zhejiang People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the Zhejiang Culture and Art Exchange Promotion Association, the China Silk Museum, The Korean National University of Cultural Heritage, the Hangzhou Cultural Broadcasting and Tourism Bureau, and the Hangzhou City Brand Promotion Association . Support from vocational and technical colleges, Hangzhou Opera and Dance Theatre, Xiaofeng Bookstore and other units.
Of all these organizers one is related to Jung Il-woo, The Korean National University of Cultural Heritage where his mom, Mrs. Sim Yeon-ok is a professor in the Department of Traditional Arts and Crafts. For this event Professor Yeon-ok participated in the inauguration of an exhibit called “Traditional Korean Costumes and Textiles” sponsored in part by her university. She also hosted a Korean traditional costume show. The costumes for this show were hand-crafted by the students of the Korean Traditional Culture University, showing traditional Korean men’s and women’s traditional costumes and modern and improved traditional wedding dresses from the 16th to 20th centuries. Professor SimYeon-ok’s gave the guests a very comprehensive explanation of the Korean traditional costumes.
This is a short video of the event:
Jung Il-woo was not able to be there because of the filming of Haechi, but he supported his mom’s work by creating a short promotional video for the Exhibit:
Here are my screen captures:
I visited the museum’s website and there you can see a lot of the beautiful items of the exhibit. HERE is the link. If you are in China you can visit the exhibit! I will post some of the information here as I think this link and information may be gone soon after the exhibit is over.
By the way if you wish to know more about Korean clothing go to this LINK. These are some of the images you’ll see there:
These were other activities that took place that Korean Evening:
Lu Qingyu, the director of the International Cultural and Cultural Education Center of the Korea Traditional Culture University, first gave a lecture on “World Cultural Heritage of Korea”. Through rich pictures, he showed the Korean Bulguksa Temple and the Grotto, the Jongmyo, Changdeokgung and Gyeongju historical sites. The charm of cultural heritage such as the area and the historical sites of Baekje.
The unique Korean music and singing and dancing brought a different experience to the guests. The performer from the Hangzhou Opera and Dance Theatre, with drums and friends, a passionate dance “Postal Music”, led everyone to experience the unique artistic performance of the Korean ethnic group – the folk music dance.
As the theme song of the Korean movie “My Sassy Girlfriend”, the song “I believe” is widely circulated in China. Xu Zhen, a young singer from the Hangzhou Opera and Dance Theatre and the winner of the Wenhua Award, the highest award in the arts, rehearsed the classic melody.
The short cymbals are Korean vertical blow instruments, popular in South Korea, the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of Jilin Province and other Korean-inhabited areas. The graduate student from the Korean Traditional Culture University used a short Xiao to play a song called “The Song of the Mountain.” The bright and clear voice led the audience to experience the charm of traditional Korean music.
Mr. Sun Changyu from the Qingyun Museum in Korea brought the “Hing Dance” to the traditional Korean costumes. On the basis of the Korean dance, the fans danced and showed the feminine beauty through graceful dance.
Han Guo is a traditional Korean pastry, mainly made from powders, fruits, roots and leaves of some edible plants, and desserts made of honey and sugar. The event specially prepared a variety of exquisite Korean fruit and special drinks for the guests to taste.
Now onto the exhibit, or actually I should say exhibits, there are two that were sponsored by the Korean National University of Cultural Heritage. This first one was the “Traditional Korean Costumes and Textiles” inaugurated on this Korean Evening:
Hat and shoes
Ramie is the major source of traditional Korean textiles and its weaving technique has been listed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). According to the traditional ramie technique, teachers and students majoring in traditional fiber in Korea National University of Cultural Heritage wove out traditional ramie fabrics, and recently, they have studied and recovered some lost textiles such as Luo, and kept trying to weave various textiles by way of modern weaving machines.
The second exhibit, “Costumes in Memory” opened to the public on March 15 and was also sponsored by The Korean National University of Cultural Heritage. It is so great! They found a grave with various occupants of the Ming dynasty and the students of the university recreated the items by studying the patterns and materials used back in those times. Take a look:
Jacket of twill damask with flower and bamboo
Wide sleeve robe of twill damask with haechi badge
This is the students reproduction:
It’s so great to see mother and son working in their own fields and coming together to help preserve the culture of their beautiful country Korea. I think they could do more with this… they could make a short documentary where Jung Il-woo wears and shows us the names of the different items he wears in Haechi and he can gives us interesting historical/cultural facts about them. His mom could show some of the amazing restoration and recreation of garments using those unique looms. Wouldn’t that be amazing? It would also be such a natural way to unite their talents! It would be so special… a collaboration between mother and son.