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Textiles West Pojagi/Bojagi Community Project Tutorial

Textiles West invites you and your community to be a part of our first community project! Share your story, your culture or your favorite experiences of the Pikes Peak Region. From June 2017 thru Sept 2017 we are creating a textile installation that represents the diversity of cultures within our communities.

Individuals and small groups can create Pojagi panels using fibers, fabrics, thread, trims and embellishments. We will have community open stitch days, the last Saturday of each month through September for people to come together to build panels. All will culminate with panels being on display at our TACTILE event in October and also at a prominent public location to be determined. Join the conversation and let your panel speak volumes!

The Tradition:

A Bojagi also spelled Pojagi, is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth. Traditional Korean Folk religions believed that keeping something wrapped protected good luck.  Food was often present under a bojagi cloth. They were also used for transporting items.

Bojagi were originally made from worn out clothing or leftover bits from other sewing. Fibers used were cotton, silk and ramie. Ramie is a fiber made from Chinese nettle also known as China Grass.  Ramie is older than cotton and was considered a luxury fabric for the working class. Silk and treasured embroidery bits from a sleeve or neckline were often preserved and recycled into these new beautiful wrapping cloths.

The Supplies:

For our project you can use clothing, new fabric, vintage fabric, fiber scraps from any other project. If you need supplies contact us and we will help! Traditionally fabrics used are sheer and crisp but that isn’t a requirement. We encourage the use of clothing and upcycled fabrics.

The ideal size of the finished panels for each group will be 15”-24” wide and 48”-84” long. Feel free to create multiple panels for your family or group.

Plan Your Event:

We have a written tutorial available as well as a video tutorial.  We can help you with materials and supplies if needed. If you would like someone to come help your group get started let us know. We have ambassadors who can help. 

We will have stitch days at our space throughout the year so check the website for details.

*Please refrain from using violent imagery, profanity or nudity in your panels. Thank you*

Textiles West
@ Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Textiles West ~ TWIL
@ Manitou Art Center
513 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

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