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Bojagi (wrapping cloth)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It represents the daily lives of the Korean people

History of the Object
This type of wrapping cloth was made by commoners, patching together scraps of cloth and turning them into useful wrappers. Koreans used them to wrap goods, carry items, or cover food. Although different sizes and colors of scraps of cloth were patched together, the cloth looks well balanced and carefully arranged. In addition, the harmony of horizontal lines and vertical lines creates a subtle beauty and shows the fine craftsmanship of the woman who made it. Wrapping cloth, made of thin silk and ramie in a single layer, was for summer, and cloth made of cotton and silk in several layers was for winter. Wrapping cloth, made with silk, came in a wide variety of colors, while wrapping cloth, made with hemp and ramie used only natural colors. Today, there are many examples of wrapping cloth preserved in excellent condition from the past. Probably, the motivation for creating wrapping cloths was for Korean housewives to enjoy displaying their fine craftsmanship without a particular, practical purpose. Also, the notion of patching together scraps of cloth was related to the hope of longevity, making the creation of wrapping cloth a popular pastime.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Ramie cloth 
Measurements
Width 1380 mm Length 1340 mm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1930's 
Function
This type of wrapping cloth was made by commoners, patching together scraps of cloth and turning them into useful wrappers. Koreans used them to wrap goods, carry items, or cover foods. 
Acquisition
Purchase 
Copyright
Government of the Republic of Korea 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
 
Museum
National Folk Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Folk Museum of Korea 

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