Vol.19 Korean Seton | 韓国 セットン

Asia | アジア,Korea | 韓国


初の韓国で、目指すは釜山の生地問屋街「釜山鎮市場」! 韓国の伝統的な染織品はネットで調べてもよくわからず、生地はポジャギ*ぐらい。昔は白い服を着てたからかな。
*ポジャギ : 風呂敷や袱紗(ふくさ)のように、ものを包む布


Korea is familiar to me because of the Korean boom, and even though I am a big BigBNG fan to the point of joining a fan club, for some reason I had never been there. 
In my first visit to Korea, my goal was to go to Busanjin Market, a fabric wholesale district in Busan! I couldn’t find anything about traditional Korean dyed and woven goods on the Internet, and the only fabric I could find was pojagi*. Maybe because I used to wear white clothes.
*Pojagi : A cloth used to wrap things, like a furoshiki or fukusa.

This time, I plan to look for fabric with a seton pattern for “Korean seton pouch". The Setsun pattern, often seen in souvenirs, is based on the theory of Yin-Yang and the five elements, and is said to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune and longevity.


From Jagalchi Station, take the subway to Busanjin Market, which is only one stop away from Jagalchi Station. The atmosphere is like that of Ameyoko in Ueno, Tokyo in the Showa period, with kimchi vendors on the side of the road. Once inside the building, there are many clothing stores lined up in a narrow space. The most conspicuous is a store selling cute pastel-colored chimachogori It is said that this is where they get all their wedding clothes. There are also several mud-dyed clothing shops.



When I walk around, I am greeted with “anyo haseyo~". They don’t speak English or Japanese! I thought that was how it was with the Koreans I had met so far, since they could speak either Japanese or English, but they were the elite. I pointed and explained to the lady at the souvenir shop and asked her to take me to a store where they have seton.
I bought several patterns of fabrics, checking with the man at the store with gestures. Although it was frustrating not being able to communicate, I felt at ease with the characteristic bashfulness of the Asian people.


Excluding hand-dyed clothing stores after mission complete. Hemp is dyed in earthy colors and made into shirts and scarves. Prices are not cheap, with shirts starting at 20,000 yen. We bought a scarf in a natural color, and were shown a book with the artist.
It seems that dyeing and weaving artists do everything from dyeing to tailoring, and it seems that there are a fair number of dyeing and weaving artists in Korea.

チャガルチ駅に戻り、韓国料理屋でコムタンとキムチ冷麺を食べました♪ 美味しい。
We returned to Jagalchi station and had gomtang and kimchi cold noodles at a Korean restaurant…delicious.