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Washboard

unknownRepublic of Korea/Since the Liberation of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea

Washboard is a laundry tool used to scrub dirty clothes to remove dirt. Commonly-used laundry tools included a laundry basin, a washboard, and a laundry stick. Method of using a washboard to clean laundry is a relatively recent invention. A washboard is a flat wooden board cut into a rectangular shape, and in order to better wash off the dirt, arched furrows are carved to create a rough surface. There is a hole at one end for the washboard to be hung on a wall. The washboard shown here has been mass-produced in a factory using machinery.

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  • Title: Washboard
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Republic of Korea/Since the Liberation of Korea
  • Location: 한국
  • Physical Dimensions: Width 57.5 Length 18 Height 4
  • Type: Housing/Daily Supplies/Family Heirloom Item/Sewing Tool/Washboard
  • Medium: Wood

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