When a few books became available for review I jumped at the chance of reviewing this book. I am really inspired by textile techniques from the Far East (in particular Japan) as well as anything that recycles / upcycles / reuses scrap fabric. After all, fabric is not cheap. As you can see by my recent blog, I have been dabbling in different styles of sewing such as Boro. Therefore, I was keen to review this book to see how it differs from Japanese (Furoshiki) Wrapping Cloths.
The book cover itself is fabric, which gave it a really nice texture in your hand when reading it. It sounds silly but having such a tactile feel whilst reading about traditional fabric covering was a really nice touch and one not to be overlooked.
The contents of the book gave a really comprehensive overview of the history of Korean (Bojagi) Fabric wrapping and its various styles. It gave names for each style and explains the history and traditional usage for each style. I found it fascinating to read that like modern-day upcycling, scraps of fabric leftover from dressmaking were used in creating these cloths.
The other thing I found interesting was that traditionally the clothing was unpicked before laundering, and then re-sewn once clean. Can you imagine the effort required?!
The book went on to show the different stitches used when assembling a Bojagi, as well as the symbolism associated with colours and patterns.
This truly is a fascinating read, and I can see it being a book I will return to time and time again.
It is available in most book shops RRP £22.95 but I have found it at Amazon costing only £17.78.