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Cover (Bojagi)

2001
Kim Hyeon-hui, Korean, born c. 1946

Bojagi are square pieces of cloth used to drape offering tables, wrap sacred texts, cover food, and carry belongings. The inclusion of this type of textile in a ceremony or transaction is a sign of respect, as bojagi are believed to contain good fortune, hence the common practice of wrapping important objects or documents in them.

Bojagi are frequently pieced together from small scraps of fabric, making their creation an exercise in design. As seen in this example created by Kim Hyeon-hui, their geometric compositions resonate with the work of twentieth-century artists Paul Klee (Swiss, 1879–1940) and Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872–1944). While some of Kim’s other pieces include colorful embroidery, this cloth features exquisitely muted tones derived from natural dyes.
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