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Dimensions: 9L x 6W Condition: FairPeriod: Early 20th Century, 100+ years oldMaterials: Leather handle, brush made from dried plant roots, mosi fabric Place of Origin: KoreaTraditionally used in the middle step of making Mosi (a UNESCO protected process of creating ramie cloth), this brush was once an integral part of daily Korean life. Ramie stalk fibers are pulled taut over a warm pile of ash and covered in glue, which was applied with this wide brush made from dried plant roots. The glue would dry and harden, which gives Mosi fabric its stiff texture. Ramie threads (thus, Mosi fabric) are supposedly twice as strong as linen. This brush would have been used yearly – likely in the summer – when the women of the household would spend two months creating thread from ramie stalks. A short 10-minute documentary on Mosi-making (brush in use at 6:33). Disclaimer: All information about this piece is unverified. Explanations of the origin, period, materials and use were relayed via antique dealers based in Korea. We cannot verify with 100% certainty the period, materials and actual use. Vintage items, by nature, are likely to carry various marks and indications of their age. Be aware that slight color variations may appear, and some imperfections may vary (we feel signs of use and add character to the item). We clean each item the best we can. However, some products probably need to be cleaned before personal use or display.