Pleated Sea

Sun Young Choi

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    The saying “Earning money in the afterlife and spending money in this life” clearly shows the life of a haenyeo (female diver) who dives into the sea and harvests sea life without an oxygen tank, using only her bare hands and breath control.This study aimed to develop an haute couture design with the spirit of Jeju haenyeo culture through hand-pleated origami. This is meaningful in that it pays respect to forgotten traditional values and craftsmanship and advances and inherits them in a modern way. To express the haenyeo and the sea space surrounding them, I have borrowed traditional haenyeo clothes, the mul-sojungii, which is the bottom of the working clothes of a haenyeo, to create an undergarment and a dress in which the sea and the gear of the haenyeo are embodied through fabric manipulation.
    For the material, I selected 100% polyester organdy, which expresses the transparency of the sea while fixing the pleats.
    I selected the glide reflection with unevenness on the surface of the origami to express the sea waves resembling the harsh life of a haenyeo and the V-pleat, similar to the diamond-shaped pattern of the tewak mangsari (net basket).
    Original languageEnglish
    Media of outputArt medium
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2021
    Event2021 Jeju International Fashion Art Exhibition: Local-Rising Jeju - Jeju, Korea, Republic of
    Duration: 15 Jul 202115 Aug 2021


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