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bespoke Pojagi craft

By Mölle Pojagi

reuse is of all times

We discovered the two-thousand-year-old Korean Pojagi patchwork technique in which pieces of fabric are reused in a special way.
Pojagi (보자기) is similar to quilting but the difference is in the special finish of the seams. At Pojagi, seams are 'enclosed' with a special technique, in which both the front and the back are beautifully finished. The first mention of Pojagi dates back to AD 42 and it is probably a much older technique than Western quilts. The technique is also found in Japan and China, but in Korea it is embedded in the culture to this day. It was a good way to reuse scraps of fabric such as silk, cotton and linen. The pieces were put together in beautiful patterns to form a traditional square Pojagi cloth. Pojagi cloths are used to transport groceries, to keep family heirlooms and valuables, but also to give gifts at a birthday or wedding. The packaging ensures that good wishes are part of the gift. Also, Pojagi is still used in the Korean parliament to present important documents.