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AUTUMN 2001 Vol.15 No.3
  Beauty of Korea
  Jige (A-Frame Carrier)
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Jige is Korea's traditional device for carrying heavy loads. Invented long ago, it is testimony to the ingenuity of ancient Koreans.
Some attribute de-velopment of the unique carrying de-vice to Korea's rough mountainous terrain, which made the building of roads difficult. There is even mention of Koreans using jige in the ancient Chinese document the History of the Three Kingdoms, confirming its use in Korea as a carrying device from the distant past.
The origin of the word jige is the verb jida, meaning to carry something on one's back. "Ge" indicates a tool or implement. Jige has such a long history in Korea that, unlike other types of devices, it goes by the same name in all parts of the country, without regard to various dialects.
Straight pine or cedar branches are used to make the frame of a jige. The branches are placed at an angle so that they narrow toward the top. Next, several birch or chestnut pieces are nailed across the branches to join them together and form a framework in which a load can be carried. With the framework of the jige resembling the letter "A," Westerners often refer to it as an A-frame carrier. Because jige can be made to fit the back of individual users, they come in a variety of sizes. To make it easier for the carrier to stand up with a heavy load on his back, short crutch supports are used in rough terrain, and longer ones in flat areas.
It is said that carrying a load on one's back with a device like the jige requires less effort than carrying loads on one's head, shoulders, or using a pole or both hands.
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