Famous Thaechon lacquerware

(2) Thaechon lacquerware
(Photo Credit Naenara)

Thaechon County in North Phyongan Province of the DPRK is famous for lacquer craftworks.

Lacquer is a white-grey natural paint that is considered not to be made artificially, and the lacquer produced in Thaechon area is of best quality.

The color of lacquer changes into black or red or brown after being exposed to air. And the hardened lacquer takes a polish when it is rubbed.

Lacquer trees are distributed in almost all areas of Korea. Among them, the sap of lacquer trees in this area is widely known for its softness, gloss and fine quality.

The natural and geographical conditions in Thaechon County are favorable for the growth of lacquer trees, as the area has soggy soil with much rainfall.

The Korean people have applied lacquer to decorating dinner-tables, rice bowls, spoons, chopsticks, vanity cases, trays and other daily necessities and craftworks, regarding the Thaechon lacquerware as the model of them.

(1) Thaechon lacquerware

The art of lacquering in this area features that almost all the objects are painted in black lacquer and, in case of transparent lacquering, it is coated on the black ground.

Toward the end of the feudal Joson dynasty (1392-1910), Thaechon lacquer craftworks were known even to other countries.

The lacquerware are durable, clean and glossy.

The lacquer craftworks factory took its shape in Thaechon area and its various products are widely used by citizens.

When visiting Hakdang-ri in Thaechon County in August Juche 47 (1958), President Kim Il Sung gave an instruction on cultivating and using lacquer trees well, noting that the county has had many lacquer trees from olden times.

The lacquer tree community in Hakdang-ri of Thaechon County was registered as a natural monument.

(Compiled from recent DPRK media)

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