Sindae Village’s 400-year-old traditional Bokjori
comes in various sizes for various purposes (cars, interior decoration,
etc), raising its popularity.
Because Sindae Village’s Bokjori braids the bamboo
once again to tie the handle, it is stronger than the regular Bokjori’s
Sindae Village became widely known as Bokjori Village
because the village grows bamboo everywhere. The most suitable
bamboo for the handle part is one-year-old bamboo with no branches.
Bamboo is cut down in October and sun-dried. Then, it
is divided into four pieces, peeled, and soaked in water for half
a day. It is difficult to make Bokjori without soaking the
bamboo in water due to its stiffness. Soaked bamboo is much
softer and easier to deal with. On New Year’s Eve, everybody leaves
the Bokjori in the front yard to wish great fortune, and goes around
the town to collect money in it on January 15.
Because Bokjori brings fortune, buyers never asked
for discounts, and sometimes even brought rice in exchange. Korean
people believed that hanging Bokjori in the master bedroom or on
the main pillar and putting matches, candles, coins, or grains in
it will guarantee good harvest and fortune for an entire year.