Pojagi is Korean patchwork, and it’s usually made of ramie and a perfect square, like below
These patchwork squares were used to wrap special things in bundles, by tying the four corners together, like this:
Koreans still wrap things like this – usually not in something as precious as pojagi, (which is more likely to be framed and hung on the wall) but in a large silk scarf. It’s always a double take for me when I see a Korean boy in uniform, carrying a big silk-wrapped bundle down the hallway…
In fact, you see vestiges of traditional Korean carrying and wrapping a lot. Adjummas are often carrying things on their heads. Not heavy things, or pots, so they don’t need the cushion for their heads anymore, but carrying on their head nonetheless, or sometimes behind the back, like a baby.
I guess Pojagi is huge in Japan as a crafty thing to do.
It’s also quite the fiber art form now, and made into all kinds of really beautiful pieces.
The references on-line say the seams are all whip-stitched down, so perhaps they are flat-fell seams. I need to look at one up close next time I see one. Must try to make one, but I think I should wait until I get my bi-focal prescription filled, as I can’t even paint my own nails up close now. (getting old is so fun!) I wonder if it is done in an embroidery hoop? There are classes, but I think I only need to answer the embroidery hoop question…
Continuing on with the fiber arts theme, this thing was used as an iron. The fabric would be wrapped around that wooden pin, and then they would beat the cloth. I don’t know how they didn’t just end up accidentally beating in permanent creases in the wrong places, but that’s what they did. From what I’ve seen in the movies, they did it right left right left, etc., as if drumming. Underneath that wooden pin is a stone, and that’s what they ironed over. They ironed seams down flat with what looked like a spoon or spatula, the end heated in the brazier.