Chunghie Lee, Korean, Breeze, ca. 1998, Resist dyed, painted and pieced bast fiber plain weave; 188 cm (74 inches) (length), Gift of Gayle and Roger Mandle 1999.20.1
In Breeze, Chunghie Lee appropriated and liberated the vernacular Korean craft tradition of pieced wrapping cloths (pojagi) created by women in the domestic environment. Korean women have been making pojagi since the Joseon Dynasty (1392 — 1910) using scraps of fabric to form wrappers for important family possessions and documents. The inherent geometric subtleties of alternating translucence and color led to pojagi being collected as art by the 1980s. In her clothing and hangings using pojagi techniques, Lee focuses attention on its form rather than its original function by playing off the woven grid of the fabric. Lee’s pojagi, including Breeze, ornament a body or a room and evoke the memory of the anonymous women who created the art form.