Jasu (hand embroidery) dates back to the prehistoric era when humans first started to make clothes. Traditional Korean embroidery has developed along with changes in culture and arts over time. As such, Jasu expresses perfectly the aesthetic qualities of Korean culture.

Traditional Korean embroidery is most commonly used for decoration of clothes and crafts. It is often seen as a piece of artwork in itself. In various kinds of temples, Jasu has been used to decorate Buddhist statues or other important features.

Historically, it is not only the designs but also the colours of Korean hand embroidery which represent special meanings. Korean embroidery typically makes use of the five cardinal colours, based on the ancient philosophical theory of yin and yang and the five elements. These five colours (red, yellow, blue, white and black) each embody a different symbolic and philosophical significance. In addition, hand embroidery thread and fabric were traditionally all dyed by hand which made each of the colours brighter and more vivid. Korean embroidery is characterized by its unique omission of non-essential details. For example, the simple technique of thread twisting was often used to create natural shading.

No previous related experience is required to take this class and we will prepare all materials for your use. We will focus on the basic sewing techniques and concepts used in Korean hand embroidery. By the end of the session, you will have your own handkerchief decorated with hand embroidery to take home.

Course Information

ㅇ Course Date: Wednesday 6 Nov 2019

ㅇ Time: 19:00-21:00

ㅇ Venue: KCCUK Library

Address: The Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand London, WC2N 5BW

ㅇ Spaces: 10

ㅇLevel: Beginner

ㅇTuition Fee: Free - booking essential, and students will be required to fill out a survey at the end of the class.

ㅇApplication procedure: Apply to info@kccuk.org.uk or call 020 7004 2600 with your name and contact details. The booking system utilises a lottery-based programme that picks names at random. After the application deadline and once the final selection has been drawn, we will send you an e-mail regarding the selection result.

Application deadline: 30 Oct 2019 17:00

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