EXHIBITION OF KOREAN TRADITIONAL CHILDREN'S CLOTHING OPENED IN THE LIBRARY OF THE FIRST PRESIDENT

On September 27, 2022, the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan hosted the opening of the exhibition of Korean traditional children's clothing "Love of the Parental Heart", and also held a master class for everyone who wanted to join the secret of making Korean traditional headdresses "Geumgwan" and "Hwagwan".

The events were organized within the framework of the international exhibition project of the Library "Dialogue through Culture" together with the Korean Cultural Center of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of Kazakhstan with the assistance of the Seok Juseon Memorial Museum, Dankook University, as well as within the project of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange "Traveling Korean Arts".

Over the years of the project "Dialogue through culture", the Library of the First President of the RK has shown the origins and content of many phenomena of world culture for citizens and guests of the capital of Kazakhstan.

2022 was announced by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan K.K. Tokayev "Year of Children", within the framework of this, the Library holds a number of events for children: competitions, festivals, art therapy, quests and master classes.

"This year Kazakhstan celebrates the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations with the leading countries of the world. The Republic of Korea is one of the foreign policy partners with which our country has not only close political, commercial and economic ties but also close cultural and spiritual ties. The friendship of our peoples was born and tested during the difficult times of famine, deportation and political repression in the 1930s and 1940s. Taking into account that this year has been declared the Year of Children, we decided to organize this exhibition", Director of the Library of the First President of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Temirbolat said in his welcoming speech.

"The Republic of Korea and the Republic of Kazakhstan have declared this year the "Year of Cultural Exchange" in order to celebrate our friendship built over the past 30 years, as well as to outline close cooperation for the next 30 years. Today's exhibition will demonstrate Korean traditional children's clothing to Kazakhstanis as part of the celebration of 100 years of World Children's Day and the "Year of Children" in Kazakhstan. Children are the joy and hope of every family, our future. I hope that with the presented expositions you will be able to feel the beauty of Korean culture and traditions", Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Kazakhstan Koo Hong-Seok said.

Since ancient times, not a single Kazakh family could imagine their happiness without children. This is evidenced by the tradition, according to which everyone who learned about the birth of the child, rushed to inform their family and friends first by shouting "suyunshi" (news). Everyone knew at once that he had come with good news and for that, they gave him a gift. Researchers believe that our ancestors were caring and gentle parents and Kazakh children were modest, polite, and courteous. Koreans who have known the happiness of becoming parents feel the same sentiments and emotions.

The exhibition "Love of the Parental Heart" features 80 exhibits, which are artefacts and reproductions of Korean traditional children's clothing, and handmade accessories, sewn and made by parents for their children in the XVIII-XIX centuries. The exhibits reveal a range of feelings of parents: love, care, hope and anxiety for the future of children.

The exhibition consists of three sections:

Birth. Wishes for health and longevity (1-year-old);

Concerns about health problems (2-6 years old);

Support for young adults (7-15 years old).

The exhibition was co-organized by the Korean Cultural Center at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Kazakhstan. The primary task of the Center is to spread knowledge about Korea and familiarize Kazakhstanis with Korean culture. The Center, through a variety of cultural and educational programs, contributes to strengthening relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Korea in the field of culture and art.

The Seok Juseon Memorial Museum at Dankuk University was founded in 1967 as the Central Museum of Archaeology; since 1999 the museum has been renamed after Professor Seok Juseon (07.09.1911-03.03.1996), who donated 3,365 items from her private collection: clothing and accessories to the museum. The museum has the largest collection of relics related to traditional Korean clothing and also conducts various in-depth studies of clothing. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and research, the museum promotes the beauty of Korean culture around the world.

During the master class, participants had the opportunity to make traditional Korean headdresses "Geumgwan" and "Hwagwan." "Geumgwan" is the headdress of an official worn with the ceremonial costume of "chobok" at important state events. "Hwagwan" was a female headdress worn by royal and noble women together with a tani outfit.

Visitors to the exhibition "Love of Parents' Heart" for two months, until November 21 this year will be able to get acquainted with the art objects of the Republic of Korea, which are filled with the soul and beauty of Korean traditional children's clothing and get a true aesthetic pleasure.

The exhibition can be viewed at: https://elbasylibrary.gov.kz in the "Exhibitions" and "Projects" sections.