Hanji is a traditional paper from Korea. Back in the day, it was renowned throughout the continent for being versatile and durable. However, these days only a few produce and use the material.
Aimee Lee, a Korean-American artist, is fighting to carry this 2000-year old tradition to the future through teaching and using it as a medium for her art.
“The very first dress that I made out of Hanji was a western dress, but, as I was making more dresses, I thought just in the way that I explored Korean paper… I thought it would be wonderful to explore Korean dresses,” she recounts.
“When I first came back from Korea, I was so, so committed to sharing everything that I learned because it was so compelling, so interesting. What I like about Hanji is that it’s so versatile. So you can do so many things. I thought the world really needed to know,” Lee says.
See her work at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington.