“Bojagi” is a general term for all wrapping cloths in Korea. Some bojagi were made with specific people and functions in mind, like when mothers crafted bojagi for their daughters before weddings. Bojagi were viewed more as craft pieces than artwork, and it is only in recent decades that the aesthetic value of bojagi was rediscovered. By sewing together small, used cloth of various shapes and skillfully juxtaposing vibrant colors, the unknown makers of these bojagi created exciting designs akin to modern abstract art.
In this activity, you’ll learn how to make a no-sew bojagi that you can use to wrap a gift for a special person in your life. You can watch the video demonstration by artist Youngmin Lee or follow the illustrated steps below. For inspiration, search the Asian Art Museum’s online collection for “bojagi” to see examples of different combinations of colors and patterns you might use.
Base fabric (for instance, a plain cloth napkin, part of an old pillowcase, or a cutout from an old t-shirt)
Fabric scraps of many shapes, colors, and patterns
Fabric adhesive: double-stick fabric tape or an iron-on option such as Wonder-Under
Iron and safe ironing surface (if you’re using an iron-on adhesive)