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A Collecting and Record of Wide Area Cultural Resources : the Case of Asian Cotton Cultural Resources

  • The Korean Journal of Archival Studies
  • 2011, (28), pp.123-153
  • Publisher : Korean Society Of Archival Studies
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science

NOH SHIHUN 1

1전남대학교

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ABSTRACT

In Asia, when cotton and cotton fabrics cultivated and produced in India of Southern Asia had spread to the whole Asia area by land and by sea, the Cotton Road and cotton fabric cultural area could be formed. In Korea, the traditional cotton (Gossypium arboreum) brought by Moon Ik-Jeom in 1363 was cultivated and then the Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) brought via Japan could be produced from 1904. Especially, Gwangju/Jeonnam was the most active place in producing traditional cotton, and eventually became the center of cotton cultivation and fabric production after bringing in Upland cotton. In order to collect and record the cotton cultural resources in the broad area, the Cultural Resources Set, classified its component parts should be made first and then the collecting objects should be investigated. The collecting areas are selected based on the spreading paths and the regional significance of cotton. Since its difficulty of collecting the relevant resources from all of the places in Asia, it should be planned to share the resources through exchanges and cooperation among private, institution and organization. The relevant experts from the various fields should participate in the interdisciplinary researches which are necessary for collecting and recording of wide area cultural resources. Considering the collecting limitation of genuine relics, the digital archives should be established and then offered through a web site that everyone can use them freely by remote. It also needs to plan to display on and off-line for users to perceive the similarity, difference and interconnections of the resources with ease.

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