Creation of Jogakbo in philosophy of Sustainable Design
Jogakbo is a type of traditional Korean fabric craft, POJAGI(BOJAGI). Pojagi was primarily in the form of a large square fabric piece that was intended for wrapping around an object to carry. It was an everyday tool that was made of recycled, reusable left over fabric that could potentially be made into any size for its use. From this history, Jogakbo’s identifying characteristic became the perpendicular lines that are created by the thickness of over lapping stitches. The minimal and simplistic pattern that Jogakbo bears fits naturally into the contemporary trend of design as well.
The type of translucent screen that Koreans use (as a form of Jogakbo) called ‘BAL’ is in fact an extension of a cultural history that embodied the meaning of assimilating interior life with nature as one.
This state of being is called ‘CHEON-JI-IN’ in traditional Korean culture, which specifically translates into sky, earth and human all coexisting in harmony. An interesting part of this culture of Jogakbo is that its philosophy of ‘CHEON-JI-IN’ actually is a common mission for the designers of today; otherwise known as ‘Sustainable Design’.For 200 years, Jogakbo has carried on the philosophy of recycling in its design and now has emerged as a Sustainable Design for the modern life. It is a literal and symbolic item of nature, embedded with the state of mind that will be shared in a positive value worldwide.