Gwi Jumeoni – make a Korean silk pouch with Sara Cook

Ref: S1D33115

Book now

Places available

About this course

Discover the inspirational qualities of this ancient tradition of Bojagi (Korean wrapping cloths) and make a Gwi Jumeoni, Korean silk pouch.

Course Description

On this one-day course, you will learn how to construct by hand a Gwi Jumeoni pouch using traditional Korean silk fabrics and knotting cord. These light weight silk fabrics are woven with traditional symbols of longevity that wish for the happiness of the person receiving them.

The course will start with a short talk, introducing the ancient tradition of wrapping cloths in Korea. Your tutor will show how these pouches were adorned with maedeup (corded) knotting and worn with traditional Korean Hanbok clothing.

Your kit will contain step by step instructions and all the materials that you will need to complete the Gwi Jumeoni.

The tutor will demonstrate techniques to the whole group, but will work with you individually to ensure success.

The aim of the workshop is to explore the historic use of pouches in Korean clothing alongside an understanding of the tradition of wrapping cloths. Your tutor will demonstrate how to add a simple corded embellishment to close the bag.

You will be able to take inspiration from the historical examples of Gwi Jumeoni from the resources provided during the class.

Course Materials


  • You will receive a kit, containing traditional Korean silk fabrics and cord to complete one Gwi Jumeoni bag. There will be a choice of colour ways.
  • Hand sewing needle.
  • Step by step instruction to make the bag.

What students need to bring

  • Hera marker or creasing tool (The tutor will have Korean hera markers for sale in class)
  • 6” x 1” Creative Grids acrylic ruler or other similar size acrylic ruler, if you have one.
  • Silk pins
  • 50 weight, beige or grey cotton thread
  • Small sharp scissors for snipping threads

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • • Korean style hera markers
  • • Additional kits

Additional information

Please make sure that if you wear glasses for close work, that you bring them with you. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

General Information


Sara Cook

Study a short course with Sara and inspire by the ancient tradition of Bojagi (Korean wrapping cloths) and piece together your own Jogakbo cloth by hand stitching, using traditional ramie fabrics.
Sara is an author, textile artist, and tutor with more than 30 years of experience. Sara regularly exhibits her work in the UK and internationally. 

Courses of interest

Attributed to Ebony Talijancich

An introduction to quilt making

16 to 18 Aug 2024 | West Dean
Places available
Tutor: Lauren MacDonald |

History of pattern, with hands-on pattern making

24 Jul 2024 | West Dean
Places available
Tutor: Francesca Herrick |
Suitable for all

The Point of a Needle – a workshop for textile artists

18 to 22 Aug 2024 | West Dean
Places available
Tutor: Michael Brennand-Wood |

Practice and the individual – in textiles

25 to 29 Aug 2024 | West Dean
Places available
Tutor: James Hunting |

Further study options

Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or advance your learning with our BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making, and Place (six years part-time). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.