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have a new line of taller teapots with more volume that are suitable for
larger pots of black or red teas in addition to smaller servings of green
tea. They are available in seven designs from the stunning Red Lotus Teapot
Set shown at left, to other designs that include dark lotus, white lotus,
white bamboo, red chrysanthemums, red dragons, and tigers. They have a one
quart (900ml) capacity and come with five matching cups. See all the
teapots here, or all of our
new items here.
Still carved the way they were 600 years ago in the early
Chosun Dynasty, these wedding ducks truly do put the
good fortune of the carver in the ducks and pass that fortune along to the
more about that here). These ducks are carved one at a time, by a single
artisan using only hand tools, just the way they were made in the past, and
therefore they look identical to historic wedding ducks from the
Chosun Dynasty found in museums.
In the Korean wedding duck tradition, the ducks are given to the couple at
their wedding and then placed somewhere in the house and their position
tells of the marriage's status; nose to nose means the relationship is good,
and tail to tail means things are a bit shaky. See all our
wedding duck sets here, and all our
new items here.
addition to the above items, we also have several new styles of small vase
and bottle sets which represent male and female shapes respectively. The
long slender shape of the bottles with a gentle slope at the bottom
expresses the voluptuous beauty of femininity, while the wide shoulder and
stockiness of the vases, represents the masculine form. The two new styles
are the peony branch design seen at left, and the chrysanthemums design
here. The peony design appears again in the
Tall Peony Branch Oil Bottle similar to those used by women of the
Chosun Dynasty for hair oil. A mask from the city of
Yang-ju No-jang (elderly man) mask, is a hand-carved and
painted, full-sized mask such as that used during the traditional Korean
mask dance (Tal-chum),
and features a cloth hood to cover the performers head.
The original meaning of the Tal-nori (Tal
play), or Tal-chum (Tal
dance), is a play or dance that helps shed ones stress and grief. Read
more about the
Korean mask dance here. See
new items here.
Next month be
sure to check out our new collection of traditional Korean furniture which
will include, traditional medicine cabinets, make-up chests, letter boxes,
wedding or dowry chests, end tables and more.
Three of our
small vase sets in traditional celadon,
bun-cheong (brown porcelain) and multi-colored, are now on sale,
as well as two of our most popular teapot sets, cute miniature wedding duck
sets, coffee cup sets, and four of our best selling teacup sets with
strainers. Other sale items include scroll paintings, stoneware figurines,
white porcelain jars, traditional vase and bottle sets, and even
gift-wrapping to make gift-giving easier. See all our
sale items here.
(Korean harvest festival)
Korean holidays are celebrated on the lunar calendar and so change on the
solar calendar each year. Chuseok
is always on 8/15 on the lunar calendar which falls on 9/25 on the solar
calendar this year, however Chuseok is the largest Korean holiday and the
official holiday (red letter days as they are called in
starts 9/23 and runs through 9/26.
originally began in the
Shilla Dynasty as a cloth weaving contest but has
evolved over the years into a harvest festival similar to those in other
countries throughout the world, but the Korean holiday also incorporates an
aspect of ancestor worship.
The idea of the
'hometown' is somewhat different in
Korea than that in the West and so
does not necessarily mean the place where one was born but signifies the
hometown of one's ancestors or family origin. As soon as the holiday starts
and at the earliest possible opportunity, families who's hometown lies away
from their current residence travel to their hometowns to meet up with other
displaced family members and visit the ancestral tombs. The amount of people
are so great during this period,
that the roads are choked with traffic for several days at the beginning and
ends of the festival, making what is usually a 4 hour trip from Seoul to the
southern city of Busan by car
a 12 hour marathon. Since Seoul is the economic center of Korea and as such,
many have moved there for work or study, the exodus usually is out of Seoul
towards the country at the beginning of the festival and back into Seoul
near the end of the holiday.
Upon arrival in
their hometowns, families get together and start the festivities. In the
days before the actual Chuseok
day (9/25) generally the women prepare the foods that will be both eaten and
left on the tombs during the ancestral rites.
Chuseok morning families gather
for the traditional Chuseok
dish of Song-pyeon (shown at
right) which is a rice cake filled with sweet bean paste, or sugar and
sesame seeds and is generally steamed over pine needles and served with them
as well to give it a delicate pine flavor.
After the morning meal, families pay respects to their ancestors by visiting
and cleaning their tombs and making offerings of food and drink and bowing
to them in thanks for the bountiful harvests, the lives the current
generation now enjoy and the sacrifice the ancestors made to help the
current generation live fruitful lives. Throughout the rest of the day there
is eating, games, celebrations and enjoying getting re-acquainted with
extended family members who may not have met for a year. The celabrations
continue until the last day of the holiday when the mass return begins and
the roads are again jammed with cars returning from the country to
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