Korean Pojagi (gift wrap)
Pojagis were used for wrapping gifts as well as for other utilitarian purposes such as covering, storing, and carrying objects. There is a Korean folk belief that by wrapping an object, good fortune would be enclosed or captured within the wrapping of it.
This typically square form pojagi is made of a patchwork of colorful ribbons sewn together in a raised decorative stitching. The concentric design features several hues of grey punctuated with other colors. Interestingly abstraction in Korean wrappings was in place long before western artists embraced abstract concepts in art.
Circa: 19th Century
Dimensions: 18" X 18"
Inventory number: TX4892