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 wrapping cloths. A trip to the international Korean Bojagi Forum in the historic city of Suwon in South Korea in 2016 gave me the chance to work first hand with Bojagi experts and to study historical examples. I was thrilled when Chunghie Lee invited me to participate in the 2018 Korean Bojagi Forum as a practicing artist representing the U.K among six other specially invited international Bojagi artists who were to have individual exhibitions.

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.

My forthcoming book, Bojagi: Design and techniques in Korean textile art, will be published by Batsfrod books in 22nd August 2019. This is an exciting opportunity to share my knowledge about how and why traditional bojagi were made as well as how contemporary textile artists are interpreting these ideas in their own innovative work. In the book I will show how to construct the different seams and decorative stitching.

You can pre order the book by clicking on the links to Amazon or Waterstones

Photography by Michael Wicks

Photography by Michael Wicks

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 but were an integral part of daily life. If you want to 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. Qualifying as a Quilt Judge for the Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles has been another interesting addition to my skills and it is a great pleasure to be invited to judge at quilt shows both here and internationally.  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