By: Barbara J. Eikmeier
Contemporary quilting is relatively new in Korea. Since its introduction in the 1980s a uniquely Korean style is emerging. Examination of quilt exhibition catalogs from 1994-2000 revealed quilts that feature designs found in Korean culture. Interviews with the Korean quiltmakers provided insight into the history of quilting in Korea, the sources of their designs, and the inspirations that led them to make Korean-style quilts. The quilts fall into three design categories: Representational quilts that are replicas of other media, Transitional quilts that contain both Korean and Western designs, and Interpretive quilts that are not replicas and do not contain Western designs. The study includes discussions of Korean designs in the context of Korean culture. Korean quilters, inspired by their culture, as evidenced in their quilts, are translating their heritage to cloth.