Thursday, July 7, 2011

Korea in June- Pojagi


I have been to Seoul Korea for 2 weeks in June. It is my second trip there and I love to go there and visit my friend and learn more about this great place.
Korea has a rich tradition of fiber arts. I love a pieced work called "Pojagi." It is made with either silk or ramie fabric. It is all hand made and only one layer of fabric. The seam is a variation of the "french seam." One doesn't see a raw edge. I tried to get someone to teach me how to do it. But the only class I found in English required several weeks and I was there for only 2 weeks. So to the web I went and found a great tutorial at momssewingroom.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/pojagi-tutorial/ .

I bought some of the ramie fabric and did a trial sample so far because more trips were planned and I have not been around home much.
Pojagi may also be made by sewing machine; but is more recent work.
In the past I have been able to buy great cotton fabrics in various markets in Korea for less than the US prices. This is not true anymore. The cotton fabric was about US$2.00 more per yard than here. Still less than fabrics in Australia; but not the US.
If you want to check it out, the Dongdemun market has Moda, Batik and other great fabrics. Take the subway lines 1 or 4 to exit 9. Go to 5th floor of building B. I bought some fabrics at "Happy Quilt" which is on stall 5215-16.
There are also Japanese fabrics for sale. But it is also more expensive than I can find here in the US.
The Pojagi fabric varies in price depending on the quality of the ramie, expect to pay US$5.00 to US$7.00 per yard. It is only about 14 inches wide. Look around, there is a difference in price from one stall to the next.
I also visited a quilt museum. It is small but nice. It was featured on the European magazine "Quiltmania." The lady that was there the day I visited is the one featured in the article. It is called "Chojun Textile and Quilt Museum."  Take line 4 of the subway to Seoul Station. It is the same exit to Namsan mountain. Can't remember the exit number. It is open from 10:00 to 5:00 and there is a charge of W$ 5,000.00 which is about US$5.00 in 2011.
I took some applique with me and I did some sewing time on various parks. Many people stopped to see what I was doing. I managed to show 2 ladies how to do it without speaking a single word of Korean and they did not speak English. Where there is a will...

Editor Note:
The Quilt Show aired on August 3, 2015 features Youngmin Lee and her Bojagi/Pojagi. If you want more info, try her site: youngminlee.com

1 comment:

  1. Hi, my name is Kyeong, I'm Korean girl and now i'm living in Lisbon, Portugal. I was searching for quilt shop in Lisbon, found your blog and read your text about Pojagi! I'm glad to meet you here because i'm a Pojagi maker too. When I was in Seoul I had a group exhibition of Pojagi.
    It's nice to see that you had interest in Korean fabric art.
    my best, Kyeong
    ines0629@hotmail.com

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