Welcome to Korean Textiles

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Bojagi class in Suwon

Teacher, Na Jung-Hee in her studio in Suwon, demonstrating to me how to insert the central square to my Bojagi covering cloth.

Since I first saw Chungie Lee’s inspiring piece, No Name Women at the Festival of Quilts in 2009 I have been researching Bojagi: Korean textiles. A trip to the Korean Bojagi Forum in the historic city of Suwon in South Korea 2016 gave me the chance to work first hand with Bojagi experts and to study historical examples.

I have enjoyed researching textile techniques from around the world, however Korean Textiles have fascinated me the most and my working practice is inspired by Bojagi principles.

Bojagi is the overarching name given to this type of Korean textiles. Roughly translated it means wrapping or covering cloth.  Bojagi have played an important role in traditional Korean culture and have been used to wrap, carry and store objects as well as for religious rituals and marriages. These functional items were made not as a pastime hobby but were an integral part of daily life. If you want o find out more about Bojagi take a look at my blog.

As the founder of Brighton Fashion and Textile School and qualified teacher I enjoy offering City & Guilds courses in Patchwork and Quilting in Brighton at Certificate and Diploma level. My recent qulaification as a Quilt Judge for the Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles has been another interesting addtion to my skills.  I run textile courses in both traditional and contemporary Bojagi techniques.

I have had articles published in The Quilter magazine for the Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles, Popular Patchwork magazine and have worked as technical editor on a number of Patchwork books. I regularly give talks and workshops for Quilt Groups.

I look forward to meeting you in person, at one of my courses.

Sara x