Optional workshops in Korean traditional textile techniques are offered by leading experts in their fields. Registrants will be able to choose one of the five topics offered. Workshops will he held in two afternoon sessions on Sept. 3 and 4. Workshop Coordinator: Hyejin Lee


4-1.workshop image_Obangsaek  Bojagi Making: Obangsaek–Colors of the Five Directions 

Instructor: Junghi La

Learn to make a  Bojagi with the Korean traditional 5-color scheme. The Five Colors, blue, white, red, black and yellow, represent East, West, South, North, and Center.  Blue means luck & wish, white means good fortune for all ages, red means longevity, black means wish fulfillment, and yellow means center of the world. In the workshop we will make a patchwork-Obangsaek Bojagi.

Junghi La is a teacher of bojagi and a representative of the Najunghee Art Studio.  Her work has been in 3 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions. She has received numerous awards for her work.

Workshop materials provided: Korean traditional silk, thread, etc.

Materials fee (payable to instructor): $ 20

Image: Traditional Five-Color Bojagi by Junghi La


Yang Sanghoon   Joomchi  and Paper Pendant

Instructor: Sanghoon Yang

Joomchi is a Korean traditional textured handmade paper process using layered mulberry papers and water. The instructor  will introduce the Joomchi process students will have hands-on practice in making a paper pedant. 

Sanghoon Yang is a reknowned paper sculptor

Workshop materials provided: mulberry paper, approx. 10 sheets

Materials fee (payable to instructor): $40

Image: Sculptural and pictorial joomchi works by Sanghoon Yang


4-3.workshop image_Saeksil-Nubi_Hyejin  Saeksil Quilting, a Traditional Hat-making Technique    4-1.workshop image_Jobawi_front_Heyjin     4-1.workshop image_Jobawi_side_Heyjin  4-1.Jobawi, Onyang Folk Museum collections_Our Whispered Conversation_2011_p.34 copy

Instructor: Hyejin Lee

Learning How to make a traditional Korean hat and what is  a “Saeksil Nubi” , a unique Korean raised quilting technique, you will experience the uniqueness and universality of sewing culture in the East and West.  “Saeksil” means colored thread, “Nubi” is quilting.  “Saeksil-Nubi”(Quilting with colored thread) is made by joining two layers of fabric with cotton cord or hanji (korean traditional paper) strings in between. Using Half-back stitch and full-back stitch with various colored threats, students will  emboss a pattern on fabric  .“Jobawi” (traditional quilted hat) were popular in Korea in the late 19th century. In modern times, girls wear  these hats decorated with gold leaf or embroidery for their First-birthday party. 

Hyejin Lee teaches and exhibits Hanbok (traditional Korean dress)  and  Bojagi. She has received numerous awards for her work.

Workshop materials provided: Korean traditional silk, cotton cords, thread, beads,

Materials fee (payable to instructor): $40   

Images:  Saeksil quilting, Jowabi, (traditional winter cap) 3-layered, 2 views. Antique Jowabi, courtesy of Onyang-Folk-Museum-collections.


Natural Dye exhibition    Traditional Natural Dyeing

Instructor: Haehong Chang

The Korean traditional color scheme, which is based on the oriental positive – negative principle (陰陽) and the five elements (五行) , is called five-direction color. The ancient Korean art of dyeing with plant materials is used to express the Korean spirit in the modern arts. Students will create the traditional color scheme. with traditional dyes.  Haehong Chang  received B.F.A and  M.F.A  degrees from Konkuk Universty, Seoul. She has had 13 solo exhibitions in Korea, Japan and the US. She was  Director of the Suwon Hwaseong Art Festival and is currently,  Chief of Complex art space, Haenggungjae Gallery.

Materials cost: 

for 1st session: 3 colors scarves in  silk $40,  in  linen $30   (dyes: Barberry root Yellow, Indigo Skyblue, Mugwort on Green)

for 2nd  session : 3 fabrics, Each $10   (dyes: Sappan wood- Red, Sappan wood/iron- Red black, Barberry root Yellow, Mugwort on Green)

Image: Natural dye installation by Haehong Hang


Sculptural Bojagi 1   Mini Sculptural  Bojagi   Sculptural Bojagi 2

Instructor: Wonju Seo

Learn Korean hand sewing techniques using Korean silk, thread and other mixed media to make a Soft Bojagi Sculpture. The mini-sculptures  can either be displayed as art, or used as  decorative wearable items such as a brooch or pendant for a necklace . Participants will apply bojagi patterns to create their own unique colorful designs. Wonju Seo is a contemporary bojagi artist who as taught bojagi art.  She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Hong-ik University in Seoul. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA,  and the Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, New York, USA. 

Materials fee (payable to instructor):

$ 30 for Korean silk, thread, beads, buttons and mixed media.