hand stitched red silk purse with title "Korean lucky bag".

Korean Lucky Bag

A pojagi is a wrapping cloth, that is used for carrying and storing things. But the techniques used to make wrapping cloths also used to make Lucky Bags, or pockets. 

Hanbok, traditional Korean clothing, do not have pockets, so often a little bag was made for carrying things, commonly coins. Because it carried coins, that may have been the reason that it was called a “lucky bag”. 

These were made from the scraps left from making clothing, so silk or ramie were commonly used.

red silk Korean lucky bag

This round bag has two draw strings that go through the top. The cords are tied in a common knot pattern.

round Korean lucky bag made with bright coloured silk.

This is an envelope style – one side has a flap which folds over the other side. The cord then goes through all the layers to hold it closed. This example is quite small. The coloured pieces are about 1/2″ square.

hand-stitched bag made of ramie squares of pastel colours.

This style has “ears”, as they are called. It again has the cord with traditional knot.

pink and green silk bag with tie.

These bags are a beautiful way to give small gifts or store things like jewelry.


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Elizabeth DeCroos

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Elizabeth enjoys doing all types of sewing and needlework and teaching others new techniques. For more information or to have her speak to your group click HERE.

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