Crafts of Korea(1) Royal arts
Korean Traditional Royal Arts & Crafts
The ultimate master craftsmanship exceeding all expectation
[pix_dropcap]Mo[/pix_dropcap]st Korean traditional royal arts and crafts had extremely complicated and elaborate steps of procedures to create one finished unit. Najeon(mother of pearl arts), Hwagak(ox horn arts), and Chaehwa(artificial flower) were all royal arts that not only possessed exceptional beauty but also had extremely complicated and delicate procedures in the making that only masters with deep understanding could complete.
Patience was a vital virtue with much waiting and repeating being necessary steps to finishing royal arts. It is in sharp contrast to modern society where productivity triumphs many other values. When it came to royal arts, even the smallest ornaments could easily take six to seven months to finish. Materials were obtained from nature but many were not easy to find and refining them to use also needed considerable craftsmanship.
Among royal arts and crafts, mother-of-pearl art and ox-horn art were made inside the palace exclusively by master craftsmen assigned from the king. For these arts even the collection of materials were strictly prohibited outside the palace. Even today, there remain procedures that factories cannot emulate and can only be fulfilled by firsthand craftsmanship. For its aesthetic value gathered with its practical use, Korean royal arts and crafts are among the most active field to attract worldwide interest.
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