Art at Ashman

Art at Ashman

Visit Alicia Ashman Library in November and December to appreciate the Jogakbo - Korean Traditional Patchwork exhibit by Miryeong Hong.

Jogakbo is Korean traditional patchwork embedded with history. ‘Jogak’ means ‘pieces’ and ‘Bo’ means a wrapping bag. Jogakbo’s main use is as Bojagi, a Korean traditional wrapping cloth. It's a combination of fabric pieces in various colors and shapes.

Bojagi has been used in every Korean household since ancient times. Much of the old Bojagi were made by piecing odd ends of cloth together since most resources were scarce. They were made with great care and sophisticated needlework by women in their cloistered boudoirs during the Joseon Era (1392-1910). Women recycled leftover scraps of fabric - often silk and ramie - to make Bojagi. Through the creation of Bojagi, women in the era were able to express their aesthetic desires and wisdom.

Jogakbo has also been used for interior props, such as curtains. When light shines through, the fabric becomes translucent. It emphasizes the overlapping stitches of the composition.

Nowadays, Jogakbo can be found as art, lighting, handbags, table linen, and more.

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