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"Gunsan wants to celebrate the Tacoma-Gunsan sister-city relationship by sending this delegations," said O'Connell.
And before you ask -- yes, these clothes are made from paper. Hanji is a paper traditionally made from stripped mulberry bark, and it's both flexible and very tough, making it ideal for garments. Recent experimentation has, according to the show's press release, "solved the weak points such as laundry and fastness," allowing for dyeing and expanding the possibilities of paper as a wearable fabric. Researchers are even looking at adding antibiotic and quick-drying characteristics to allow the fabric to be used for socks and underwear in the future.
Right now, though, Jeon's work explores the hold and drape of hanji in a spectacular color spectrum, inspired by traditional Korean clothing design elements such as high collars, full skirts and close-fitting bodices.
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