BOJAGI SERIES
TEXTILE & FIBER ART — WINTER 2013

A bojagi is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth. They are traditionally used to cover food, to carry or transport goods, to wrap gifts, or to store precious items for safekeeping.

The variety of bojagi that I am most drawn to is the Jogakbo. These cloths were created by women of the household, using leftover scraps of fabric. Unable to afford larger swaths of fabric, these women created beautiful radiating patterns by sewing together their smaller bits. Their patchwork often displayed a range of symmetrical and assymetrical designs. Inspired by this humble and special form of folk art, I have created my own bojagi.

Black Bojagi
Texture Study
2' x 2'




Miniature Bojagi
9" x 11"




Untitled
19" x 27"




Traditional Bojagi
2' x 2'






To honor the Jogakbo tradition of re-using scraps, I collected and saved evey bit of fabric and thread from my previous projects. By the end of my winter term, I had accumulated enough bits and pieces to create an entire new project. Before I decided what to do with the material, I spread it all out on a table, and let it speak to me, My first instinct was to arrange them in a proper color spctrum. I was really attracted to the gradual shift, and was fortunately able to achieve it with the wide array of fabrics I had acquired. Eventually, I began to place the materials down in a more elongated manner, and realized that instead of a wall hanging, it could be assembled into a scarf or a more wearable piece.

Scrap Scarf
8" x 4'