Pojagi is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth that is usually square and can be made from different materials. It is typically used for gift wrapping during weddings and Buddhist rites. Recently, it has gained recognition as a traditional art form and can be found in museums, inspiring modern re-interpretations. In Korean folk religions, wrapping something was believed to protect its good luck.
There are several terms used to describe Pojagi, such as Kung Po for those used in the palace, Min Po for those used by commoners, Kyop Po (meaning double) for lined ones, Hot Po (meaning single) for unlined and reversible ones, Som Po for padded ones, Nubi Po for quilted ones, Jogak Po for patchwork, and Su Po for embroidered ones.
Pojagi was traditionally made by hand-stitching fabrics like ramie, linen, cotton, and silk into 14" squares to carry and wrap things, perhaps the original shopping bags! Even today, the Korean parliament still uses Pojagi to transport documents.
|Pojagi image courtesy: Seattle Art Museum.
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As a conscientious Indian brand, we are committed to mindful production and minimizing waste. Each of our upcycled sarees is meticulously crafted from surplus fabrics and borders, transforming discarded materials into stunning, eco-friendly style statements.
We are dedicated to empowering local rural craftspeople, as every inch of our handmade textiles is infused with their skill. By investing in upcycling, you acquire a unique piece, support local artisans, and promote fair and ethical trade practices. Join us on this journey towards a more sustainable future, where your clothing choice becomes a vehicle for positive change.
At Metaphor Racha, we were inspired by the "Pojagi" sewing technique and have tried to reinterpret the design as part of our saree. Our skilled tailors have designed and put it together completely.
|Pojagi inspired Pallu of a saree; Designed and put together by our in-house skilful tailors.
In the world of textile craftsmanship, the art of creating precise joinery, mitering, and clean seams is a testament to tailors' skill and dedication. These techniques enhance the final product's aesthetics and highlight the artisan's mastery in turning fabric into a work of art. Precision is central to this craft, and every stitch is like a brushstroke, weaving a story of expertise and attention to detail.
Mitering is a technique that involves joining fabric at corners with precision to create seamless transitions. This method showcases the artisan's technical proficiency and adds finesse to the garment. The art of mitering is a labor-intensive process that demands precision in measurement, cutting, and stitching. Through this meticulous approach, a simple piece of fabric is transformed into a harmonious ensemble, highlighting the importance of flawless joinery in the world of tailoring.
Clean seams are another critical aspect of impeccable textile craftsmanship, representing the seamless marriage of form and function. A well-executed clean seam enhances the visual appeal of a garment and contributes to its durability and comfort. Tailors, as true artisans, understand the significance of maintaining the fabric's integrity through precise stitching. This attention to detail underscores the dedication to quality and ensures that the final product stands the test of time.
We embrace non-electrical sewing machines, a conscious choice that reflects our commitment to sustainable practices and pays homage to the traditional methods that have defined the craft of sewing for decades.
We truly hope you appreciate the effort that goes behind every upcycled saree.