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St Louis Art Museum learns Korean culture through SLAM events this June

Tyrone Wallace

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SAINT LOUIS, MO — Saint Louis Art Museum presents insightful events from Korea, focusing on Korean culture especially women's clothes. Not only the traditional clothes but also how it's made and philosophical point of view of the story behind it.

Followings are the events held in June:

  • Demonstration: Bok Jumeoni (Fortune Pouch) on June 16

Since traditional Korean clothes didn’t have pockets, Korean people used to have jumeoni (pouches) to carry their personal belongings.

Jumeoni is a drawstring pouch made of fabric, paper or leather, and many were embroidered with plants, animals and Chinese characters.

Youngmin Lee, a San Francisco–based artist will demonstrate how to make these colorful pouches and learn about this traditional Korean accessory. She has a master’s degree in fashion design and a bachelor’s degree in clothing and textiles. She has presented a lot of workshops, classes and demonstrations on Korean arts and crafts around the Bay Area.

The virtual program will be held via Zoom from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CDT along with a Q&A session, where the participants are invited to ask questions. This event is free but with limited capacity, so register yourself now to get the Zoom link at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Nd6MyljUTVCVtbftznYBOA.

  • Lecture: Textiles and Women’s Culture in Joseon Dynasty Korea on June 18

The lecture will be presented by curator Lee Talbot, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. He will introduce a dazzling selection of garments, accessories and furnishings from Korean and American museum collections to explore the role of textiles in upper-status women’s lives during the Joseon dynasty.

Based on Joseon literature and other visual arts, these fabrics reveal that when women’s personal freedoms were limited, textiles could provide a creative, expressive channel for women’s feelings. It can also be their valued source of income and store of wealth.

The virtual program will be held via Zoom from 7:00 p.m. to 8: p.m. CDT along with a Q&A session, where the participants are encouraged to ask questions. This event is free but with limited capacity, so register yourself now to get the Zoom link at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kaEii4GcTgqXxdrtsAySyQ.

These events are presented in partnership with the Gateway Korea Foundation, which received a Creative Impact Fund for Diversifying the Arts grant through the Arts and Education Council.

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