Maedup or Korean knot 한국 매듭


                                    Alliance between Persian miniature and Korean maedup 
                                                            by Claudine Gillot 

                                            Bracelet maedup et miniature persane claudine gillot



Grey Chinese butterfly earings by Claudine Gillot



Silver grid bracelet by Claudine Gillot


Bracelets, light green 'paillasson' knots, by Claudine Gillot 

Bracelets, lotus, 3 rows 

               Norigae pruniers carre moutarde                  

          Norigae (lucky charm), plums, mustard square (30cm Norigae lyre, brown (30cm)

                                Medaillon lyre 17cm                                  

                                         Norigae, lyra (30cm)         Norigae, chrysantemum and Moroccan pompom (30cm)



           Norigae, butterfly, aubergine (30cm)                     Norigae chrysanthemum (23cm)



                          Norigae, butterfly, blue (30cm)                Norigae, Iznik pearl, green (30cm) 



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The first traces of Korean knot or maedup date back to the time of “three kingdoms” (first century BC to VIIth century). This tradition, typically Korean, is inherited from the ancient China and refers to the culture of thread, linked to a certain philosophy of life of Korean people. Pictorial representations show the use of cords knotted to clothing and ceremonial objects. First they were a symbol of royal authority. Then nodes extended to all social classes of Korean society for the decoration of garments and objects of every day (purses, fans, musical instruments…) or interior decoration. The maedup also found its place in religion through Buddhist ornaments. Still today, nodes decorate traditional garments and Koreans offer them as lucky charms.

As in olden times, the maedup is only done with fingers. Different knots – we count about 40 patterns – for most of them, have names evoking the nature and daily life: lotus, ginger, butterfly, ring, glasses, dragonfly, strawberry, chrysanthemum, plum, chick…

To Kim Sang-Lan, a Korean artist trained in the art of textile and design in South Korea – currently teaching in Paris – the work of Korean knot represents life and human relations that are made and broken; she also explains that the maedup reflects as much the spirit of the Korean people as the identity of Korea, the search for an harmony being the central point.
Musée Guimet, Paris, Korean knots workshop

Claudine Gillot has been working on the art of maedup with Kim San-Lan for many years. She also participated in the collective exhibition “Kim Sang-Lan and her students”, organized by the Korean Cultural Centre in Paris (France), in 2012. It confirmed how much this traditional art both could be perpetuated and find other forms of expression in the contemporary world.

The maedup has been elevated to real art and is considered as a cultural treasure by Korea. 



                                 Nodes on organza pouch by Claudine Gillot

                              C gillot norigae poussin medaillon brode chinois 2
                                       Norigae, Chinese medallion
                                                       by Claudine Gillot


                                            Earrings by Claudine Gillot 


                                    Earings, plumtree & Murano's pearl


                                    Norigae, medallion, ginger squares



                                           Norigaes, silk cushions



                                 Bell-shaped flower, 'in tribute to Aude Tahon',
                                 textile designer, by Claudine Gillot




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