Thursday, October 2, 2008

Back to InSaDon

I really enjoyed what I saw at InSaDon and thought Peter would too so off we went today.
We stopped to watch a demo of korean sweet making. It starts with a lump of honey (and lots of cornstarch) which is then pulled and twisted and twisted like chinese noodle making until it is 16,000 strands.

The rolled around a nut mixture into little pillows.

Very yummy except unfortunately when eating it later in my hotel it managed to pull off the top of a crown on a tooth so a trip to the dentist is first on my agenda next week!

We went to a gallery which is devoted to developing high quality crafts. Not only do they have an amazing range of beautiful items for sale, there was a exhibition of a collective of Korean women and the organiser graciously allowed me to take some photos and also gave explanations of some of the work. I love pojagi and all of these were made with fabrics which had been dyed with natural dyes. They were so inspiring. I suggest you also have a look at the website for more beautiful work.
This is a set of wedding gifts including toothpick holders, chopstick holders etc.

Beautiful pojagi made with natural dyed cloth - this one is indigo.

Food of course features high and I was intrigued by this menu outside a restaurant. What is a country ink pig iron plate in proper form or mother hand tasty blue director of a bureau? The mind boggles!

These sweets were being packed into a box for a present.

Recycling is very big in Korea - in fact you have to buy your rubbish bags at the supermarket and it is very expensive to throw things away.

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