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Sweeper

unknownRepublic of Korea/Since the Liberation of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea

This is a sanitary tool used to sweep dust and litter. It may be classified by usage into those used in the yard or in indoor rooms. Brooms that are used to sweep the yard are often made of bamboo branches, bush clover and ragweed. Bamboo brooms were sometimes used with bamboo leaves tied to them. Brooms for the kitchen are referred to as susubi, and are made of sorghum (susu in Korean) sprouts or straw. Brooms for rooms and wooden floors are made of fine and soft materials such as animal hair and nylon fiber. In addition, those made of pheasants’ tail feathers and weasel hair were also used. The broom shown here is made by tying sorghum sprouts roughly in four bundles before connecting them in a line, and the handle and the top of the body are covered with a net made of twined paper strings. A broom woven with reed sprouts is tied together with a string to form a fan shape, and attached to a wooden handle. At the end of the handle is a hole drilled to allow a string loop to be tied.

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  • Title: Sweeper
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Republic of Korea/Since the Liberation of Korea
  • Location: 한국
  • Physical Dimensions: Length 51.5
  • Type: Housing/Daily Supplies/Family Heirloom Item/Sanitary Appliances/Broom
  • Medium: Grass/Sorghum

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