Nowadays there are many places on Jeju where you can experience the natural dying process using persimmon and jjok.
One of those places is Seogwipo’s Nongeopgisul Center which holds an experience every year from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3.
Many people come here to make a simple handkerchief or even bring their own fabric.
The hardy fabric dyed with persimmon is good for protecting the human body against UV rays, atrophy, insects, and also provides ventilation during the warmer months of the year.
Looking at this photograph you can see the persimmons being hit with a bat to create the juice.
100 people are accepted per day on a first-come-first-served basis. The telephone number is 064-733-5959 or 064-760-7811.
Doors open at 10 a.m. in the morning for this three day period.
Handkerchiefs cost 4,000 won while a carpet costs 70,000 won.
Learn the theory behind the process before having a practical hands-on experience.
I should add pre-made dye products can be bought for 20 to 30 per cent below the market price.
Even if you’ve missed this one there are more opportunities so don’t worry.
The Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum will run a dying event from Aug. 5 to Aug. 8.
Here you can squash the persimmon as part of creating Galot.
The elementary-aged school student program lasts for two hours and is free of charge. They will make a scarf. Other participants will need about three hours and 10,000 won to make a hat. Families have the option of making a cushion instead.
Telephone 064-710-7693 for more details.
The Jeju National Museum will also be holding a seminar on Aug. 24 about complex pattern dying while the Jeju Folk Village Museum will have a bongsunga nail art experience.
As you might have noticed most of these events only last for three or four days. Time is short and you might see the information too late.
Jeoji Village does have some more regular persimmon dying classes, but the date is usually changed making it difficult to participate.
However from this July, on the outskirts of Jeju City in Weolsan Village, there is a place called Dongheon. Here there is a workplace, seminar room, pattern makers, and a dye fermentation room.
You can learn about the natural dying from plants and herbs.
Classes range from hobbyists to experts for six months and then to those wishing to get a license for a business or teaching.
Contact the Korea Traditional Dye Association (Jeju Branch) on 064-747-1022 for information.
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