Two beautiful traditions in fake flowers displayed
Artisan Hwang Su-ro, No. 124 on Korea’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, brought back the tradition of chaehwa, or royal silk flowers, that were used to decorate a royal banquet held in 1829 during the time of King Sunjo. The feast was to celebrate Sunjo’s 40th birthday as well as his 30th year on the throne.
However, the exhibition is not only about the traditional beauty of Korea’s royal courts. In one corner of the exhibition hall you can find a section for the ornate works by Paris-based Atelier Boutique Legeron.
Founded in 1880, the family-run atelier began with creating imitation flowers to embellish the hats and outfits of noblewomen. Now it specializes in making flower corsages for haute couture brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Ungaro and Jimmy Choo. Unlike Hwang’s handicrafts, Legeron’s flowers are bigger and flashier, and one side of the museum’s wall is adorned with a selection of its works.
In addition, you can explore the atelier’s decades of history through the many manuals, scrapbooks and traditional working tools on display at the exhibition.
*The exhibition runs until May 25 and admission is free. Open each day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. but closed Mondays. The museum is near Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
By YOO JOO-HYUN and Jung Hyung-Mo [email@example.com]