“Human beings have made two things of the hardest steel. One is the knife, and the other is the needle. The knife cuts, severs, rips, and tears.
Made of the same steel, a needle does the opposite. The needle puts together what has been taken apart, mends what has been worn. It does not separate, but combines; it is not a cessation, but a succession.
A needle looks weaker than a knife, but it is though the power and energy of the needle that [women] have cultivated a territory of life, integrating the worlds of function and adornment.”
– Lee O-young,
Former Minister of Culture & Tourism of Korea, Critic, Novelist