open pojagi with title "traditional Korean wrapping cloths"

Pojagi – Traditional Korean Wrapping Cloths

open pojagi with title "traditional Korean wrapping cloths"

A pojagi is the original re-usable shopping bag. In ancient Korea, square pieces of fabric were folded and tied to carry things, give gifts or store special items.

Sometimes solid pieces of fabric were used, but often they were scraps put together in patchwork. There were different styles and methods of closing them. You can learn more about the history of pojagi HERE.

Here are two samples of pojagi:

1. Tied Pojagi

patchwork pojagi with tie open on a table

This style is put together with patchwork, and has a tie closure.

open pojagi with item on it.

The pojagi is placed right side down, and the item to be wrapped is put on it.

pojagi with sides folded over the item inside.

The sides are folded over the item.

pojagi with sides and bottom folded over an item.

The bottom up is folded up.

pojagi with all sides folded around an item.

The top is folded down.

pojagi closed and tied around item.

The ties are wrapped around and tied.

2. wrapped pojagi

pojagi with tie open on table.

The second example has a single decorated tie.  The yellow heart is actually a slot for the tie to slide through.

pojagi folded around item.

The item is wrapped in the same way as the other style – sides first, then bottom and the top with the tie corner last.

pojagi wrapped with tie in a flap.

The tie wraps around the package and slides through the heart.

closed pojagi with single tie sliding through slot.

What a beautiful way to wrap a gift!

If you would like to try making your own, there are some tutorials HERE.


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Elizabeth DeCroos

designer, teacher, speaker

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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