NATIONAL FOLK MUSEUM OF KOREA.
Najeon, Glimmer & Shine. May 19, 2023 ~ August 27, 2023.
Najeon is a decorative technique that involves using mother-of-pearl from the shells of abalones, conchs, and similar materials to create intricate patterns on lacquerware. Known for its mysterious and sparkling colors, Najeon has been cherished and admired for its delicacy and profound beauty.
Najeonchilgi, a prominent craft from the Goryeo Dynasty, persisted into the Joseon Dynasty. Not only did it diversify in types, but its use also expanded from the royal family to the general population.
You can find Najeon on various items, ranging from boxes and furniture to tray-tables and pillow ends, adding a touch of sparkle to different aspects of our lives.
The exhibition centers around the themes of “Practicality and Decoration–Talent and Craftsmanship–Sharing Memories.” It showcases Najeonchilgi from the Joseon Dynasty, along with contemporary craftworks by artisans who carry on the tradition. These artisans offer new interpretations and aesthetics to traditional materials and techniques, adding a modern twist to this timeless art form.