Korean hand-made paper – Hanji

Hanji (한지) literally means “Korean paper”.  It is hand-made paper made from the inner bark of paper mulberry (which is also known as dak tree in Korea). When the Mugujeonggwang Daedaranigyeong (literally “Great Dharani Sutra of Immaculate and Pure Light”) hidden in a casket in the Bulguksa Temple for nearly 1,200 years was discovered, the hanji on which it was printed remained perfectly intact. Medicine made from the ashes of burnt hanji are said to be used as medicine to help stop bleeding.  In this blog post, let’s talk about this wonderful paper, hanji, which has a history of over 1,000 years. Continue reading