SDA Members In Print: Chunghie Lee Publishes ‘Bojagi & Beyond’


Widely-known Korean fiber artist Chunghie Lee explores Korea’s wrapping cloth tradition bojagi in both her contemporary work and fashion design. In this new book, she describes the special seaming techniques for making  a variety of bojagi (including several patchwork varieties) and presents 3 basic projects. A photo gallery retrospective of Lee’s work highlights the many possibilities for contemporary applications of this elegant art form.

About her creative evolution using bojagi, Lee writes:

In 1999, I had the amazing luck to be invited by Rhode Island School of Design to teach a course in bojagi. Speaking about the process was one thing, but teaching it uncovered my passion for this Korean cultural tradition.

Soon, without realizing, I found myself in the middle of it all; I was spreading awareness about bojagi – not only in the US, but internationally, in  Canada, Europe, and of course, Asia. It took me by surprise when I came across an article describing me as the ambassador of bojagi.

Since then I have been invited to exhibit my work and to curate exhibitions. One of my major curated shows was held in France, in conjunction with the 2010 European Patchwork Meeting in Alsace, where I showcased Korean artists’ works of bojagi, joomchi (Korean traditional textured paper) and quilting. To my surprise, people from nearly 50 countries attended the show. I will have 2 solo exhibitions in 2011, in London and Lithuania.

For years my students have asked me if there is any book on bojagi, but little is written about it in English or in Korean, for that matter.  I have long thought that I should write such a book but  always put it off because of the challenge of writing in my second language. Finally, I took courage to do it, with the help of some special friends who have helped me me not only with my English writing – but with the many illustrations and beautiful book design as well.

Bojagi keeps bringing me unexpected surprises and countless opportunities. I cannot imagine my life without it now.

Visit her website here:

Watch a YouTube interview with Lee and Liz Cooper from 2009 Festival of Quilts (UK)


Beyond and Above Publications, 2010
154 Color photos, 33 Color Illustrations, 72 B/W Line Drawings
Paper, 134 pages, 9.5″ x  9.5″
ISBN 978-0-9830029-0-1
$35.00 US
Order inquiries:
Beyond and Above, PO Box 1033, Providence, RI 02901


• Forewords by Maria Tulokas, Professor Emerita, RISD and
Kirsi Niinimaki, Principal Lecturer, Aalto University, Helsinki

• A brief history of bojagi

• Bojagi traditions: special types of bojagi and their uses

How to stitch and assemble 8 varieties of bojagi

Special embellishments used for bojagi

3 traditional-style projects: Clutch Bag, Wall Hanging, Document Envelope

60-page photo gallery of Chunghie Lee’s Bojagi-inspired artwork

COMING SOON: Joomchi and Beyond by Jiyoung Chung


  • Jill says

    September 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Do you know if this book is still available? I just tried the email link and it bounced back. Thanks.

  • Susan R says

    September 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I tried emailing the address given for more info about ordering the book, and it was rejected. After doing some searching I think the correct email is

  • NewsBlog Editor says

    September 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I've contacted Karen Searle to confirm and correct. Thanks, Susan, for your trouble-shooting.

  • NewsBlog Editor says

    September 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Update from Karen Searle: We're still setting up a website for this. In the meantime, orders can be made through

  • Magdalena Langer says

    September 17, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Hello Chunghie, I love your work. I am also a textile artist and am amazed how beautiful your work is. I would one day love to come to Korea to see your exhibition. Regards, Magdalena Langer (Sydney, Australia)

  • Ellen Devens says

    January 6, 2018 at 5:15 am

    i took a wonderful Joomchi workshop in 2016 with Jiyoung Chung and recently had a piece of my work in a group show in Chelsea entitled Red. Now preparing for a piece to go to Korea that is focused on Bojagi which i am not too familiar with so i have to learn... JiYoung's book "Joomchi and Beyond" is wonderful and is available.

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