bojagi

October 16, 2010

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!

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5 Responses to bojagi

  1. Tristan on October 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    THOSE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL, thank you sooooo much for sharing you wonderful woman!!!!

  2. Mich on November 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    These are gorgeous – like modern art! The japanese equivalent are furoshiki – I’ve blogged about some different ways of using my furoshiki as resuable gift wrap or to create different styles of bag http://myfuroshiki.blogspot.com/p/myfuroshiki-makes.html Happy eco wrapping

  3. nick sung on June 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    amazing! zowie!

  4. bojagi bash! | BIG THINGS on June 20, 2011 at 12:41 am

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  5. Furoshiki on October 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I like how different Asian cultures had the same idea!

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