“Odd Things” from Korea

Shoppers in Hawaii in 1903 could then buy “odd things” from Korea: brass utensils and bowls, bamboo curtains, and woven wooden baskets.

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser said the items were the “most strange to look at … although there is something finer in matting than anything that has ever been shown in the city …”

The floor mats were “woven of the finest straw, thick and very soft. Unfortunately, it is no longer good form to sit upon mats in the more highly civilized countries of the world.”

Read more about it in “Odd Things from Korea.”

“Odd Things from Korea”
The Pacific commercial advertiser, February 1, 1903, Page 8
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047084/1903-02-01/ed-1/seq-8/

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