[INQ. NO. 1611C16] Commonly referred to as Ugi in Korea, traditional Korean bronzeware was used for the king’s dinner table called surasang. It has a unique feature to detect the presence of harmful ingredients including agricultural pesticides in food, so it has been nick-named ‘tableware of life,’ which means it protects peoples’ lives. Besides, Ugi has self-sterilizing properties to control the growth of food poisoning bacteria and vibrio. In addition, the ugi helps keep food, fruits and vegetables fresh longer than ordinary containers do so that the records of the old books published in the Joseon Dynasty period (1392-1910) show that people used mops to clean bronzeware utilized to maintain freshness of kimchi.
Geochang Ugi is a fourth-generation Korean bronzeware maker which has built a reputation by producing the time-honored hand-made bronzeware called “Bangjja,” which features an alloy ratio of 78 percent of copper to 22 percent of tin in a traditional way for about 100 years. The bronzeware maker’s highest level of artistry and skills have been proven by wining numerous 36 awards including the president prize of Korea Crafts Competition, and its name has already been publicized through the local media. Living up to its long history and reputation, Geochang Ugi provides a variety of products and can make custom-request designs. Currently, the website is available only in Korean language. However, a speedy and detailed reply will be provided for any inquiries and requests for product brochures.
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