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My grandmother folded her bozagi (Korean handkerchief) to carry her belongings. She would put in homemade food and send it to us. Unfolding her bozagi was always something joyful. This bilum[1] is enriched by her bozagi. As this bilum expanded, its shape, and my interactions with it changed. The bilum and the bozagi interacted. The T-Shirt yarn’s elasticity encouraged me to skip and jump, carry and wear. The focus on usefulness has faded away and been replaced by playfulness.

[1] BILUM In Tok Pisin, a language of Papua New Guinea, bilum means womb. But it also refers to a string bag made by hand using yarn from twisted plant fibres and technology known as looping, knotless netting, or crocheting. Traditionally slung behind from the head, it is capable of carrying both light and heavy loads, including small children.

Project by: Lee Soryun


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