Title : Traditional Culture Special (5th Issue)
Stamp Serial#
2385
KPC#
C-1851 
StanGib#
2765 
Scott#
2150d 
Date of Issue
06/24/2004
Quantity
560,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
Needle Case  
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.

Needle Case:
Used for storing needles, needle cases were made of nickel, tortoise shell, or cloth. To use the nickel needle case, the lid was lifted and needles were placed on a bed of human hair. The cases varied in shape, including those that resembled a bottle-shaped gourd. Various decorations or embroidery were added, making the needle cases equally attractive as ornaments. Thus, needle cases were both practical and beautiful enough to be used as decorations. Women always carried needle cases with them in case they needed to repair their own clothing or that of their families.