The textile collection and installation Sansam was inspired by Korean fairytales, their narrative structure and particularities. Characteristic is the close touch to nature influenced by the schamanism. Among the four elements and nature spirits a major role is played by the mountain spirit, which is represented through old pine trees, the rare mountain ginseng Sansam, a healing root, and Ddogaeby, goblins who either lead people astray or to happiness and the solution for all their problems - mostly represented through Sansam.
The collection comprehends silk, cotton and linen cloths and yarns dyed with only natural dyes as well as one weaved fabric. Through a series of experiments various pattern-like structures were developed which were obtained during the dying process. The experiments were inspired by a traditional Korean dying technique with the tanning juice of kakis. Structures and colour range are inspired by the mystic atmosphere throughout the fairytales.
The narrative structure is transferred into an idea of a textile installation, which was shown in a small scale. It leads the viewer from dark to light or astray – like the Ddogaeby. The fabrics were patchworked to ceiling-high widths, inspired by Bojagi, the traditional Korean wrapping cloths. In the center a cloth, hand-weaved at once, tells a fairytale itself. The installation invites one to discover and observe the different patterns and colours responding with the natural light.
Natural dyes: logwood, sandalwood, walnut, madder, pomegranateMaterials: silk, cotton, linen, wool yarn, silk yarn, linen yarn
Design, development, dying, weaving: Nari HaasePhotography: Alexander Dalbert