Written on September 17, 2008
In the foreground is Lord Ganesha, the Hindu god who removes obstacles and whose name is invoked before beginning anything at all. Ganesha occupies a central place at Sri. The painted Ganesha is a Tanjore painting, a distinctive style known for its built-up gold details and its encrustation with “jewels.”
Beyond him, suspended in front of a window, is a large, beautiful Korean pojagi, a wrapping cloth which has been fashioned of ramie scraps and is entirely hand stitched. Korean ramie cloth is extremely fine and their Hansan moshi, or ramie cloth from Hansan, is of especially high quality.
I’m completely smitten with pojagi and I have a substantial collection of them. I love the intricacy of construction–whip stitched seams–and that pojagi project a “Modernist” look, even though they were made in the home for home use, and were intended to be passed on to future generations. Notice how the top and bottom halves of this pojagi are repetitions of each other. Pretty fascinating.
This one measures about 36″ x 36″/ 92 cm x 92 cm and I think it’s one of the best ones in my collection. It dates from the early twentieth century.