Jogakbo is Korean traditional patchwork known for its beauty in composition and colour balance – all from leftover bits of fabric. Jogak means piece and bo means wrapping cloth; it’s wrapping cloth made from fabric pieces.
Just like quilting traditions in other cultures, jogakbo was born out of the frugal hands of women who were able to find beauty in just about everything they touched.
Many Koreans reminisce about the times when their mothers and grandmothers would get together for an evening of patchwork which would flow into the small hours of the night with endless chatter about all matters of heart. The fruit of their labour, with their sighs and laughters in every stitch, was then passed down from mothers to daughters like a family heirloom.
Nowadays, the making of jogakbo has become an art form in its own right, with museums and galleries dedicated to the craft. Korean jogakbo is especially renowned for its distinctive needlework which allows the use of delicate materials like ramie and silk – the outcome is simply heavenly, almost translucent assortment of elegant colours.
DARAMJI collaborates with a number of artisan jogakbo makers all over Seoul to offer patchwork classes. It doesn’t matter even if you’ve never so much as lifted a needle – after step-by-step instructions on some basic needlework, you’re free to make up your own arrangement. If you’re on a short visit to Seoul, you can learn how to use jogakbo as a decorative wrap.
And we speak from our own experience – we were pleasantly surprised by just how much we enjoyed a quiet afternoon of stitching ourselves – with occasional cups of warm green tea, it sure is a wonderful way of connecting you back with your inner peace, stitch by stitch.
EXPERIENCE with DARAMJI – Ask your DARAMJI curator for more detailed information on jogakbo classes near you. We can arrange private lessons just for you or offer discount on group sessions.