Recently I came across jiseung, which is Korean paper weaving. I must admit I'd never heard of the ancient craft, found it fascinating, and hope you'll enjoy learning about the process as much as I did.
Master jiseung weaver, Na Seo Hwan, uses hanji, a handmade paper of pulp from the bark of the paper mulberry tree. Because the making of hanji and the weaving process require intense labor, time, and hand strength, there are very few remaining masters in Korea.
Mr. Na weaves hanji cords to form practical, lightweight pots. Sticky rice glue is applied as a waterproofing agent, and the pots can be coated with layers of lacquer made from the sap of the lacquer tree, the vapors of which can be quite poisonous.
Here's a lovely video made by Aimee Lee that shows Na Seo Hwan in action.
Watching the smooth process had me marvelling about the experimenting, trials, and tribulations that surely went into perfecting the creation of such beautifully balanced objects.
Here is another post about Aimee's Korean Paper Art that you might enjoy.
photography by Aimee Lee.