Jihwa are flowers made from hanji, which is a traditional Korean mulberry paper. They are traditional Korean craftwork usually made for Buddhist rituals and shamanistic or private events in ancient times. Jihwa is often created in the forms of peonies, chrysanthemums, and lotuses.
"This tradition is a legacy of our ancestors, who respected life regardless of whether it was an animal or a plant. If we understand this tradition's significant meaning, we can appreciate it today." - KACAF
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About the Instructor: Jihwa Artist Seok Yong Lee, Executive Director of Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation.
Artist: Joo Hwan Lee
Executive Director of Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation
Joo Hwan Lee is a traditional Korean Jihwa (paper flower) artist. Master Lee is designated as Gyeonggi intangible cultural heritage No. 63 Jihwajang function holder and also inscribed on the UNESCO?s representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009. Lee was born in 1967 and became a monk when he was young. His dharma name is Seok Yong.
As a Buddhist cultivation, Seok Yong put all his efforts to make traditional paper flowers from the scratch and achieved the national master level. Lee received numerous prizes and recognitions including Korean National assembly citation, U.S. Member of Parliament award, etc.
He has held many invited exhibitions and taught Jihwa classes in Kyung Sung University and Kum Kang University in Korea.