Title : KOREAN BEAUTY SERIES (7th issue)
Stamp Serial#
1927 
KPC#
C-1461 
MICHEL#
1951 
StanGib#
2258 
Scott#
1920 
Date of Issue
11/03/1997 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
Silk patchwork pojagi in yellowish green 
Designer
Lee, Hye-ock 
Image Area
23mm*33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4*5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
The Korean Beauty Series has been issued to show the world the rich cultural heritage of the Korean ancestors' artistic taste and sensibility. This year, the seventh collection will feature the pojagi, or wrapping cloth. Pojagi are traditional items used in daily life to wrap or cover things. Depending on the methods of production, pojagi are classified into various kinds including embroidered pojagi and patchwork pojagi.

Embroidered pojagi were used only for happy occasions such as weddings. Popular motifs on embroidered pojagi are trees, flowers, cranes, peacocks, butterflies, grass, and insects.

Patchwork pojagi were used in daily life to store or carry things. They were created by patching up scraps of cloth varying in size, shape, and texture into a superb combination of geometrical shapes and unique colors. Purportedly having found their popular use among the common people, patchwork pojagi were the product of the wisdom born out of the life of our ancestors who made good use of small and otherwise useless pieces of leftover cloth.

Reflecting both the practical considerations and aesthetic tastes of our ancestors, patchwork pojagi gave recently drawn renewed interest, because of their highly creative and artistic dualities, even in the appreciative eye of contemporary fine art.

Patchwork pojagi in three primary colors, silk patchwork pojagi in yellowish green, patchwork pojagi in five cardinal colors, and silk patchwork pojagi in five colors render a special charm to this new collection of stamps. Enjoy the fanciful beauty produced by small patches!