Wrapping Cloth (Pojagi)

Wrapping Cloth (Pojagi)

early 1900s
Country
Korea
wrapper, object
Ramie patchwork
Neusteter Textile Collection: Textile Art department acquisition funds by exchange
2012.286
. Wrapping Cloth (Pojagi). early 1900s. Ramie patchwork. Neusteter Textile Collection: Textile Art department acquisition funds by exchange. 2012.286.
Dimensions
length: 27 in, 68.5800 cm; width: 27 1/2 in, 69.8500 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
While elaborate multicolor silk patchwork pojagi were used to wrap gifts, this example, pieced together from recycled hand-woven summer clothing, was put to a more domestic use. It probably was a wrapper and carrier for food containers. Ramie, a bast fiber not unlike linen, imparts a lustrous sheen. The sheerness of the woven fabric imparts translucency to this geometric and surprisingly modern composition.
Known Provenance
Purchased 2010 at an antique fair in Kyoto, Japan from an unknown Korean dealer by John Ruddy [Santa Fe, NM]; purchased August 2012 from John Ruddy by the Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)