Noticed recently: tone-on-tone cloths patched together in subtle, often perfectly imperfect windowpane patterns. We’ve spotted them in projects from the likes of Mjölk, Tamar Barnoon, and Serena Mitnik Miller and by designers from LA to Copenhagen, though credit for their provenance lies in the Korean tradition of pojagi (or bojagi).
According to Cooper Hewitt: “Bojagi cloths were essential elements of Korean households since the very beginning of the Joseon Dynasty in the late fourteenth century up until the 1950s”; artfully stitched together from scraps of cloth and used to wrap gifts, carry objects, or cover food, “these multipurpose textiles combined functionality, aesthetic, and craftsmanship.”
Similarly stitched cloths are making appearances lately as window coverings, where light coming through illuminates their handmade quality. Take a look.
For more design details we’re noting recently, see:
- Trend Alert: Papier Mâché in Shades of Pale
- Trend Alert: The Return of Retro Wood Paneling
- Trend Alert: The Great American Patchwork Quilt Comeback—as Art, Clothing, and, Yes, Bedding
Frequently asked questions
What is patchwork?
Patchwork is the art of sewing together small pieces of fabric to create a larger design.
What are pojagi?
Pojagi is a traditional Korean patchwork technique used to create a variety of textiles, including clothing and curtains.
Why is patchwork becoming a trend for home decor?
Patchwork adds visual interest and texture to any room. It can also be a sustainable way to use up excess fabric scraps and create something unique and personalized.
How can I incorporate patchwork into my home decor?
You can use patchwork to create curtains, tablecloths, pillows, and even upholstered furniture. Mix and match patterns and colors for a bohemian look, or use a single color palette for a more subdued effect.
Do I need to be an expert seamstress to create patchwork?
No, you can start with simple patchwork techniques and gradually work your way up to more complex designs. The internet is a great resource for tutorials and inspiration.
Where can I find patchwork textiles?
You can find patchwork textiles at vintage shops, on Etsy, and even at mainstream retailers. You can also make your own patchwork textiles using fabric scraps or by purchasing quilting squares.