Traditional Korean fabric Mosi or fine ramie fabric weaving skills in spotlight

Traditional Korean fabric Mosi or fine ramie fabric weaving skills in spotlight


Anyone who has ever been to Korea in the summer
will be able to tell you that it is extremely hot and humid.
To beat the heat,… previous generations would wear clothes made of “mosi,” a light
and airy traditional fabric. Well, now it is making somewhat of a fashion
resurgence as our Park Ji-won reports. 69-year-old Bang Yeon-ok has been weaving
mosi, or fine-ramie fabrics for almost her entire life.
The skill she learned dates back 15-hundred years to the west-central region of Hansan. “It takes great effort to make a fabric out
of ramie plants,… as it involves many steps. To make a suit, the weaving process itself
takes about 10 days.” Mosi cloth weaving starts with the ramie plant.
One of the oldest fibers cultivated for fabrics, ramie first needs to be peeled off and then
split to be made into threads. The handmade, community process of weaving
the fabric made it on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list in 2011. “These hand-made ramie fabrics are known for
being light, breathable and holding shape easily.” This strong, yet airy natural fabrics has
inspired modern fashion designers like Seo Young-soo, who recently held a collection
composed of pieces made of mosi fabric. ” What’s great about the ramie fabric is that
it gives a beautiful natural sillouette to any design. It goes especially well with dresses,
although it’s not too feminine. Mosi can go well with any design, but I think it is the
best fabric for high-end dresses.” For those who would like to experience the
textiles themselves, the annual Hansan Ramie Fabric Cultural Festival is taking place this
week in the west-central part of the country. Park Ji-won, Arirang News.

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