The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism held a design tournament for developing products of hanji for five months from August 2011. This tournament aimed to revitalize the business of hanji by developing products which are useful in modern society. Hanji is the traditional Korean paper handmade from mulberry trees. Twelve teams participated through a public naming contest and only four teams among them were awarded the minister prize.
Los team was awarded the prize for making hanji shoes. Hanji shoes are very light and absorbent. Because they mix two parts hanji thread to eight cotton thread, the tension of the shoes is very strong. Hanji insoles can be changed everyday. Some advantages from hanji such as a high hygroscopic and rostellum make it easy to slip on barefoot.
They were judged to show the vision of globalization of hanji and diverse possibilities of useful hanji. For the globalization of hanji, some products that are mass-produced with a large distribution system had a chance to submit there products for exhibition in the 2012 Maison & Objet. Maison & Objet is the biggest living goods exposition in the world and held every January and September in
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