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“SOCHANG” RECEIVES SPOTLIGHT
입력 2021.06.10 (15:33) 수정 2021.06.10 (16:46) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

"Sochang," a natural fabric made of cotton, used to be the regional specialty of Ganghwado Island until the 1960-70s. But it gave way to cheap chemical textiles. Recently eco-friendly fabrics including the Ganghwa Sochang are receiving the spotlight for their properties to prevent skin disorders.

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Kim Chang-hyun is a cotton weaving master with more than 50 years of experience. From washing the yarn to drying it in the sun for several days to weaving -- everything is done by hand. Kim works with his wife and daughter to save labor costs and preserve the tradition of the Ganghwa Sochang fabric.

[Soundbite] Kim Chang-hyun(Sochang weaving master) : "Fabrics made of non-bleached materials are in high demand these days. About 90 percent of our products are non-bleached."

Seven factories on Ganghwado Island produce Sochang. Quite a decline from 130 factories in the 1970s, when the fabric was highly in demand. As the popularity of natural fabrics soared, centers offering hands-on experience and selling a wide range of products made of Sochang have opened one by one.

[Soundbite] Lee Ji-young(Ganghwa County Government) : "We have put on display hygiene products that are used widely in everyday life."

Tourists are especially interested in daily items made of natural fabrics, such as diapers, handkerchiefs and foot-wrappings.

[Soundbite] Hwang Mi-kyung(Seoul resident) : "It feels good. This natural fabric feels nice. I can feel the difference after using chemical fabrics."

The 23-yarn Ganghwa Sochang is lighter than regular cotton, dries fast and becomes softer with every wash. This traditional, eco-friendly fabric is drawing the spotlight again.
  • “SOCHANG” RECEIVES SPOTLIGHT
    • 입력 2021-06-10 15:33:45
    • 수정2021-06-10 16:46:07
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

"Sochang," a natural fabric made of cotton, used to be the regional specialty of Ganghwado Island until the 1960-70s. But it gave way to cheap chemical textiles. Recently eco-friendly fabrics including the Ganghwa Sochang are receiving the spotlight for their properties to prevent skin disorders.

[Pkg]

Kim Chang-hyun is a cotton weaving master with more than 50 years of experience. From washing the yarn to drying it in the sun for several days to weaving -- everything is done by hand. Kim works with his wife and daughter to save labor costs and preserve the tradition of the Ganghwa Sochang fabric.

[Soundbite] Kim Chang-hyun(Sochang weaving master) : "Fabrics made of non-bleached materials are in high demand these days. About 90 percent of our products are non-bleached."

Seven factories on Ganghwado Island produce Sochang. Quite a decline from 130 factories in the 1970s, when the fabric was highly in demand. As the popularity of natural fabrics soared, centers offering hands-on experience and selling a wide range of products made of Sochang have opened one by one.

[Soundbite] Lee Ji-young(Ganghwa County Government) : "We have put on display hygiene products that are used widely in everyday life."

Tourists are especially interested in daily items made of natural fabrics, such as diapers, handkerchiefs and foot-wrappings.

[Soundbite] Hwang Mi-kyung(Seoul resident) : "It feels good. This natural fabric feels nice. I can feel the difference after using chemical fabrics."

The 23-yarn Ganghwa Sochang is lighter than regular cotton, dries fast and becomes softer with every wash. This traditional, eco-friendly fabric is drawing the spotlight again.
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