BAMBOO BLIND
'발'(Bal)

 
For centuries in Korean blinds have been made from various materials such as reeds, hemp stalks and bamboo. But it is bamboo blinds in particular that have the most significant heritage and were used as dividers in historic architecture to maintain privacy for the most important dignitaries and symbolise hierarchy.

Bal was more commonly used within the hanok (a traditional Korean house) and hung by the door to block the direct sunlight during the hot summer days, but still allowing the breeze to come through and keep people inside cool. It also functioned as a curtain providing privacy, with its semi-transparent nature meaning those inside could still see outside. With the gradual disappearance of hanok in Korean cities and towns bal has fallen out of use. As a result, there are only a few craftspeople left making them in cities such as Damyang or Tongyeong. These makers are called yeomjang today typically creating bal for special purposes.
1. Harvested bamboo is sliced into thinner strips.
2. A special tool refines strips again to an even width (around 5mm) to create daeori (fine bamboo strips).
3. Daeori strips are lined up in preparation to create bal.
4. Godure (special weights) keep thread held into place in the making process.
1. Harvested bamboo is sliced into thinner strips.
2. A special tool refines strips again to an even width (around 5mm) to create daeori (fine bamboo strips).
3. Daeori strips are lined up in preparation to create bal.
4. Godure (special weights) keep thread held into place in the making process.
5. Thread is rolled around the godure.
6. The daeori strips are ready to be woven with the threads.
7. The careful weave detail can be seen here.
8. Thread is used to create patterns and designs within the bal.
5. Thread is rolled around the godure.
6. The daeori strips are ready to be woven with the threads.
7. The careful weave detail can be seen here.
8. Thread is used to create patterns and designs within the bal.
9. Bal hanging in a hanok.
10. Fine details of thread woven with the bamboo strips.
9. Bal hanging in a hanok.
10. ine details of thread woven with the bamboo strips.

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– Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation
– Cultural Heritage Administration


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