Title : Traditional Culture Special (5th Issue)
Stamp Serial#
2384
KPC#
C-1850 
StanGib#
2764 
Scott#
2150c 
Date of Issue
06/24/2004
Quantity
560,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
Bobbin 
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.

Bobbin:
Used for winding thread, bobbins were usually made of wood. They also varied in shape: i) long rectangles with one side being long; ii) ones with all four corners protruding; iii) ones with their middle depressed, resembling the body of mortar, and so forth. The bobbins used by the upper class had luxurious decorations, including hwagak (lavish designs of auspicious animals and flowers) decorations, mother-of-pearl inlay, etc. In contrast, the lower classes used crude, unadorned bobbins.