Chasu – Korean Embroidery

IMG_20120701_162242Touring historical sights one cannot miss the lustrous colors of green, red, orange and pink. The colors are reflected in the architectural designs on palaces, decorations, and national clothes. Palace walls, furniture, pillows, blankets, flags, uniforms, accessories, traditional outfits, and much more are made with silky fabric, which is embroidered with shiny pictures of animals, flowers, trees, birds, and so on. The pattern of embroidery bears the distinct Asian character. One may easily recognize local mountaintops or patterns of cherry blossoms from the back yard.

 

Chest

Chest

Historically speaking, “it is believed that the Korean People used the embroidery quite early in its history. However, historical records only record usage in much later periods from Joseon Dynasty around 14th century.” Chasu, the Korean word for embroidery, was a method of cultivating beauty in every corner of daily life. The remaining examples of Korean embroidery are spectacular. While looking at the examples, one forgets that the pictures are made using threads with fish-bone needles, and not paint with brushes. Most of the folk museums, palaces, and cultural cites will have a few examples of embroidered items. Most famous ones are in the Korean Folk Museum and the Jeonju Provincial Museum.

detailed view of a chest

detailed view of a chest

Cabinets

Cabinets

Detailed view of a cabinet

Detailed view of a cabinet

Accessories

Accessories

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