How to make Hanji - the traditional method
From old days, it was said that Hanji is 'one-hundred-touch paper', which means that it requires one hundred fine touches to make Hanji. That is, Hanji takes a lot of time and labor.
People boiled the branches of the paper mulberry. The bark was pared, dried in the sun and then soaked to seperate the outer black bark from the inner white bark.The white bark was rinsed, boiled in a special lye (natural substances) and then again stored in cold water for a long time. After bleaching the bark in he sun, it was beaten with a club on a flat stone. The bark became like fibrous cotton.
The fibrous material was mixed with water in a tub and stirred to become a paste. The substances is scooped up, on layer after the other, with a bamboo sieve and placed on a partioned board. The water was squeezed out and the individual sheets were dried in the sun or on a heated iron plate.