Kim Jae hwan: "My great grandmother, who lived long and enjoyed life by comfortably adapting herself to nature, is the motif of my works for this show. I feel warmth in baeja like the touch of my great grandmother, who cared for us with generosity and simple virtue. As the old saying goes, ‘I’ve got nothing to envy in this world as I have enough food and a warm place to lie down,’ there is warmth in baeja, which I think is the warmth of my great grandmother who comforted us with her hands rubbing our bellies after a big dinner. It is the image of our grandmother, who handed chestnuts and sweet potatoes baked in a brazier to her great grandchildren as we were sitting around the brazier on a late autumn day.Like the warm, coarse hands of our grandmother, the material used for my work is cotton cloth. If asked what color it is, I would say it is the color of cotton rather than ivory. The color is too refined to be simply called ivory. This is not pure white, which feels somewhat burdensome because of perfect innocence. The color is based on cotton cloth imbued with understated feeling as if being quiet. To produce contrasting effect using different materials, satin is used as binding to add a modern feeling. In addition to cloth in cotton color, I also show other designs in this exhibition that used bold colors such as emerald green, blue, and red."


  • Title: Baeja
  • Creator: Kim Jae hwan
  • Date Created: 2011
  • Location Created: Seoul, Korea
  • Provenance: Shown in the exhibition 'Baeja , The Beauty of Korea' at the Korean Cultural Centre, London, United Kingdom
  • Type: Vest
  • Photographer: Lee Jong Keun
  • Rights: Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation
  • Medium: Cotton, satin

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