Pojagi is an ancient fabric art form that is both beautiful and utilitarian.
Wrapping cloths were first recorded almost 2,000 years ago and were used by everyone in Korean society – from aristocrats to peasants. They were used to carry things, store heirlooms and special items and give gifts.
There were different types, and different words were used to describe the type of pojagi and the person that used it. Learn more HERE.
Sometimes you will see the word “bojagi”. What is the difference? They are the same thing, but when Korean is translated into English, there is no differentiation between the “b” and “p” sounds. The words can be used interchangeably.
Traditionally it was sewn by hand out of silk, ramie and hemp. You can try it for yourself.
The techniques used to make pojagi have gone beyond wrapping cloths and are now used to make many other decorative items.
Of course, makers also want to use sewing machines as well. These modern techniques are not the same as quilting patchwork, but use similar materials.
You can make beautiful pojagi for yourself. Use your own fabrics, colours and ideas for a unique piece of decorative art.
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