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Paper duck

Last updated: 5th April 2016

Deer Isle, United States

Unique duck woven out of hanji (handmade Korean paper), hollow and dyed with walnut ink and indigo. Thanks to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

  • I

    Coating paper

    After selecting hanji (handmade Korean paper), large sheets are coated with konnyaku, a natural starch that adds strength and water resistance

    Dry, coated paper is ready to cut down

    Dry, coated paper is ready to cut down

    Cleveland, United States

    • Konnyaku (natural starch) is brushed onto hanji (Korean paper)

      Konnyaku (natural starch) is brushed onto hanji (Korean paper)

      Cleveland, United States

  • II

    Making paper cords

    Large sheets of paper are torn down by hand into paired strips of paper, which are then twisted and plied like rope into hundreds of cords.

    Finished paper cords of varying thickness, color, and type of paper

    Finished paper cords of varying thickness, color, and type of paper

    Cleveland, United States

    • Each bundle of paper strips represents one sheet of paper, or 24 cords

      Each bundle of paper strips represents one sheet of paper, or 24 cords

      Cleveland, United States

  • III

    Weaving paper

    In a Korean process called jiseung, paper cords are twined like baskets to create forms

    Twining the duck, freehand (4)

    Twining the duck, freehand (4)

    Cleveland, United States

    • Twining the duck, freehand (3)

      Twining the duck, freehand (3)

      Cleveland, United States

    • Twining the duck, freehand (2)

      Twining the duck, freehand (2)

      Cleveland, United States

    • Twining the duck, freehand

      Twining the duck, freehand

      Cleveland, United States

  • IV

    Dyeing

    The plain paper duck is dyed first with an undercoat of walnut ink, and then an overdye of indigo.

    Final overdye of indigo

    Final overdye of indigo

    Cleveland, United States

    • Undercoat of walnut ink, applied twice

      Undercoat of walnut ink, applied twice

      Cleveland, United States

    • Finished duck immediately before dyeing

      Finished duck immediately before dyeing

      Cleveland, United States

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