Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gorgeous Korean Pojagi!

Pojagi, or Korean wrapping cloths, have been made for centuries. They serve to cover, wrap, store, and carry objects in the common activities of daily life. Historically, they were made of small pieces of fabric that had been salvaged from clothing or other textiles. Imagine collecting the unworn collar, sleeves, or the one area of a garment that featured unique embroidery, and putting them all together. Pojagi were certainly functional for daily life, but must have also been treasured tools for daily life!

From a technical standpoint, pojagi are put together with more than one kind of stitch. First, a small hairline stitch (and I mean small) can attach the two pieces of cloth together, and a running stitch is often used, building strength into the piece (think: French seam). I also read about double and triple hairline seams, a flat fell seam using running stitches and several variant combinations. The running stitch adds one of the unique design elements, which gives pojagi their translucent “stained glass” effect. –Simply gorgeous!

The colors are often contrasting, but I also have seen many unique tone-on-tone pojagi. They can be made of linen, silk, organza, cotton, or whatever is available. They also sometimes have patches of exquisite embroidery. The scale is unlimited; anything from a wrap for carrying a gift to a tablecloth, curtain, or bed covering.

So where can you go to learn more? Visit the web site of internationally known textile artist, Chunghie Lee, to see innovative examples of pojagi.

This article was contributed by Valley Fiber Life

(c) 2009 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved

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