This pojagi is about sixteen inches square. It was made in the traditional way, with silk fabric and silk thread. The stitching was done by hand.
A pojagi is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth. Throughout history, Korean women would save every small scrap from making clothing and other household items and sew them together into pieces, usually squares. These would be used to wrap special items like gifts, important documents or family heirlooms. Often, they were made from silk, as that was fabric used for special occasion clothes.
When I was leaving Korea, my pojagi patchwork teacher gave me some of her scraps to bring back to Canada. I still have a stash from her, and this is made from that.
This piece is lined, so it is not reversible. The seam allowances are on the inside of the piece, similar to a quilt, but there is no batting or filling. There is only a top and a backing.
Because it is small, there is no need for stitching to hold the layers together.
You can see a tutorial of how to do the stitching HERE.
The magic of pojagi happens when it is in the light. The sun makes the silk glow, and the seams give it a look of stained glass. I am not a great photographer, but this is a point and click picture with no filters.
I am really pleased with how this turned out, and it is hanging on my wall.
You can learn more about pojagi HERE.
Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.