bojagi!!! what a fantastic word for a fantastic object! in typical quilt-like fashion, bojagi were made from leftover scraps of fabric or old clothes, but instead of providing warmth, they were used by the average korean to wrap and carry other objects. when used as a food covering, the backside was lined with oiled paper and that little hook in the center usually had a knob/handle on it (sometimes shaped like the good-luck animal, bats!). other styles had straps that were used to tie into bundles to carry money, produce, books, or other objects. the more elaborate, embroidered bojagi were traditionally used to wrap wedding gifts or used in various buddhist ceremonies. from now on i’m only wrapping my gifts in these colorful, reusable bundles!!
thanks to sf’s asian art museum for the images and information!