A Firm, Beautiful Bond

A Firm, Beautiful Bond

Jangseok refers to all metal ornaments attached to wooden furniture and structures so that they can perform a special function or serve as ornamentation. Jangseok is mainly used for connections and corners, including locks that are open and closed.
The master who produces Jangseok is called ‘Duseokjang.’ Various kinds of metal are used to make Jangseok, but it can be assumed that Duseok (copper-zinc alloys) was most widely used because it was often mentioned in <Joseonwangjosillok>, <Ilseongnok>, and <Seungjeongwon Journal>.
The patterns of Jangseok have certain symbolic meanings that reflect the ancestors’ wishes for abundance and good fortune. The most popular patterns were peony, lotus flowers, chrysanthemums, pine trees, bamboos, herb of eternal youth, and vines. Vines called Dangchomun symbolize perpetuity, and beautifully blend with other patterns. Other popular patterns were dragons, phoenix, butterflies, cranes, and fish. Butterflies are related to Zhuangzi's dream about a butterfly and mean pleasure or happiness. A pair of butterflies, in particular, symbolizes the love and unity of a couple.
Fish represents fertility, abundance, and joy, while birds, such as cranes and ducks, were usually expressed in pairs to pray for love and longevity of married couples.
The ‘Chui Project’ has newly reinterpreted the traditional Jangseok ornaments of Korea. The elegant butterfly-patterned tongs are both traditional and practical, so you can get ancestors’ wisdom, seeking auspicious energy in everyday life.

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