Textiles by Han Ji-hee Classic
Selected products made in Korea by celebrated textile artist Han Ji-hee (Ji-hee Han). See below for her bio and a description jogakbo, the traditional Korean style of patchwork that forms the basis for much of her beautiful work. Click on the button below to see all the items for sale.
Ji-hee Han, Textile Artist
Ji-hee Han is a designer who began her career designing hanbok (the Korean traditional dress) in Busan, South Korea, 20 years ago. She is now CEO of Han Ji-hee Classic, an interior design brand based on the hanbok, that strives to create products that make our lives beautiful and comfortable, inspired by traditional colors and beauty. “The patterns, knots and embroidery techniques of hanbok are really beautiful in design. In particular, I fell in love with the jogakbo cloth technique and started making cushions, handkerchiefs, scarves, aprons, tablecloths, etc. using that technique.” Ji-hee’s work is highly praised not only in Korea, but in art shops and galleries in Japan, the U.S., and Europe.
KCI is proud and pleased to help spread the beauty of this traditional art of jogakbo and to introduce more people to the experience of making jogakbo through DIY kits. All the products on sale were made in Korea.
Follow her on Instagram: @hanjiheeclassic_official
What is jogakbo?
“A jogakbo is a style of patchwork, traditionally used to create domestic wrapping cloths (known as bojagi) from scraps of left-over fabrics. The art of making wrapping cloths has enjoyed a long history in Korea. During the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), women, living in a male-dominated society and excluded from formal education, concentrated on domestic tasks such as weaving and embroidery. They produced costumes, beddings, and wrapping cloths for the whole household. Following the ideas of frugality and simplicity advocated during the dynasty, the left-over fabrics were not discarded, but would be used to create a jogakbo by patching those scraps together into larger squares or rectangles.
A jogakbo is comprised of scraps of one type of fabric, such as cotton, silk or ramie (a plant fibre native to eastern Asia which has a particularly lustrous appearance), hemp or even paper. The scraps are sewn together using a triple-stitched seaming technique known as gekki, which results in a sealed, flat seam and gives the jogakbo their distinctive ‘window pane’ appearance. Patches are joined into squares and extended in an irregular, improvisatory fashion until a cloth reaches the required size. The jogakbo can include several colours composing a modern abstract pattern, or be made of one single-colour…”
Source: Victoria & Albert Museum, London (https://www.vam.ac.uk)
Culture-in-a-Box Kit for Kids
A curated selection of fun craft activities & items from Korea for kids, including:
- 3 paper fans w/wooden handles & design templates reflecting popular Korean designs
- 1 set of 24 paints & 2 paint brushes
- paper lotus lantern kit
- 40 sheets of origami paper
- 2 packs of tattoo stickers w/Korean designs
- 1 pack of 8 postcards w/traditional Korean folk masks
- 1 set of memo pads & sticky page tabs w/traditional designs
Due to the limited number of boxes available, no more than TWO boxes per order is allowed.