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Bojagi with pink, maroon, green, yellow rectangular patches and maroon handle, white border

Mid-20th century

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About Bojagis (silk wrapping cloths)

During the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910 AD) women created wrapping cloths with leftover patches from sewing. With these leftover scrap materials, Joseon women were able to create their own unique, striking designs. Once for personal use in rituals such as marriage and everyday life, and passed down from mother to daughter, bojagis have become collector's items and have been exhibited in museums worldwide. With the rarity of extant 19th-century bojagis, Western museums have turned to modern examples of Korean bojagis, in which Korean women carried on centuries-old traditions of hand-sewing and classical patterns and forms, to add to their permanent collections.

Modern bojagis have been acquired by several museums in America from Kang Collection:

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Peabody Essex Museum
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Seattle Museum of Art

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