Jeonju Hanji is being used not only for archiving but also as a material for wallets and ties, creating a new fashion culture. The Hanji items created by the craftsmen of Jeonju are a celebrated specialty of the city.
Jeonju Hanji, which has not been widely known in the global paper market, is gradually gaining a reputation as it was recently used as a restorative material for cultural properties in the Louvre and drew the attention of the Vatican, a treasure chest of the world’s archival culture.
Jeonju City plans to promote a range of cooperative projects for the globalization of Jeonju Hanji, such as by entering into an MOU with ICRCPAL in November and co-hosting an international seminar between Korea and Italy in February next year to celebrate the winning of recognition for the excellence of Jeonju Hanji.
Mayor Kim Seung-su of Jeonju City said, “Based on our accomplishment to have the excellence of Jeonju Hanji recognized by ICRCPAL of Italy following the Louvre and the Vatican, we will try our best to not only restore the world cultural heritage with Hanji but also to foster Hanji and the related materials industry.”
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