Wrappings of Happiness: A Traditional Korean Art Form

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Honolulu Academy of Arts, 2003 - Design - 112 pages
Wrapping cloths (pojagi) of unusual beauty occupied a prominent place in the lives of Koreans of all classes during the Choson dynasty (1892-1910). They were used not only for wrapping but for a variety of purposes, from covering a food table, to draping a Confucian or Buddhist altar, to protecting a sacred text. Wrapping an object represented not only a concern for what was being wrapped, but also respect for its receiver. Pojagi are typically made of silk, gossamer, cotton, or ramie, in a diverse array of colors and designs and a wide range of construction techniques: sometimes lined or unlined, padded or quilted, embroidered or even painted. The 61 exquisite selections included in this book date from the 18th through the 20th centuries and were on display at the Honolulu Academy of Arts through the end of last year. Supported with a lucid and informative text, they constitute a fascinating introduction into a brilliant textile art.

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Preface Dr Donald Kim President of the Centennial Committee
Preface Stephen Little Director and President of the Honolulu Academy of Arts
Foreword Dr Huh Donghwa Director of the Museum of Korea Embroidery

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