Title : Traditional Culture Special (5th Issue)
Stamp Serial#
2382
KPC#
C-1848 
StanGib#
2762 
Scott#
2150a 
Date of Issue
06/24/2004
Quantity
560,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
Workbox Basket  
Designer
Roh, Jung-hwa 
Image Area
35mm x 35mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 x 4
(four stamps setenant) 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Intaglio, two colors
(Octagonal-shaped stamp) 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
This fifth stamp packet in the Traditional Culture Special introduces Korea's traditional needlework tools. Since ancient times, the needle, thread, ruler, thimble, scissors, soldering iron, and flatiron were considered as the "seven best friends in a lady's sitting room (known in Korean as gyujungchiru), and women were never without them. These stamps, illustrating needlework equipment dating from the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), are displayed at the National Folk Museum of Korea.

Workbox Basket:
Made of bamboo, paper, wood and other materials, the basket is for holding needles, needle cases, thimbles, bobbins, scissors, rulers, irons, etc. Baskets, which vary in style, include i) the box type; ii) the drawer type; iii) nested basket sets; iv) hand baskets, among others. Members of the upper class during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) added sumptuous decorations, such as mother-of-pearls, hwagak (lavish designs of auspicious animals and flowers) etc. Those in the lower class made baskets of paper and thin strips of willow or bamboo.