Gyeonggi-do Intangible Cultural Property No. 17 Saengchiljang


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Gyeonggi-do Intangible Cultural Property No. 17 Saengchiljang +

Classification Intangible Cultural Property
Designated date 1997.9.30
location Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
Saengchil refers to lacquer that produces a gloss by applying sap obtained from lacquer to objects such as wooden bowls. Refine the lacquer or add something else and use it as it is without processing. The lacquer is obtained by taking the sap that flows through the lacquer bark every three days from early spring to autumn. The lacquer collected like this hardens when it comes into contact with the air, so seal it tightly and filter it with ramie or silk cloth.

Remove impurities.

Finish the painting by repeatedly applying lacquer, which has been removed from impurities, over a total of three times, and drying it. The most important thing is that dust should not stick in the process of painting lacquer. If dust is on the work, it should be dried and sanded off and painted again. After this process of painting and drying, rub it with cotton to polish it. One work is completed only after all this process. Some work takes from three months to a year.

Song Bok-nam, who was born in Seoul, began his career in lacquer at the age of 13 at the recommendation of a friend and lived as a raw lacquer plant for more than 70 years. He participated in the opening of the Chilbulsa Buddha statue in Gyeongsangnam-do in 1989 and the lacquer work of Haeinsa Buddhist altar in Hapcheon in 1994 and participated in the lacquer painting for cultural assets, including the opening of Buddhist statues and Buddhist altar in Hapcheon. He also won the 4th lacquer crafts contest (1994) and the 21st Dong-A Daejeon (1993).


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