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Jean Youn: The do everything scarf

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Today I would like to introduce to you the Korean word bo-ja-gee.

These days there is an assortment of expensive, quality name brand bags in the market and also many different designs of scarves. There are also different kinds of book bags for school children. There are even many different kinds of wrapping paper to wrap gifts in.

Today, Korea is not very different from the United States, however, 40-50 years ago there was a time when the functions of bags, scarves, and wrapping paper were all done with a cloth called bo-ja-gee.

A square shaped cloth was used to wrap up just about anything that needed to be carried somewhere and it was even used to wrap up gifts. It could also be used as a scarf.

Today, people can buy bags, scarves and just about anything they want, and there are also people who can’t afford quite as many things. Such is the human condition. This does not mean that the people who can buy anything they want are happy and that the people who can’t buy those things are miserable.

That very fact is what we can learn from the bo-ja-gee. Even though it was just a piece of cloth, it served many functions. Where there was a will, there was a way.

At our cleaners, we make sure that your scarves maintain their original color.

I hope that every day of this week will suit you like your preferred way of wearing a scarf.


Jean Youn is the owner of Value Village Cleaners at 912 West Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale 91202. For details on services, coupons and more, check out the Value Village Cleaners website  here.

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