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The Korean version of the Bamboo wife

A Bamboo wife, or Dutch wife, or Zhufuren (竹夫人), Jukbuin (죽부인, 竹夫人), Kawil in Tagalog (literally, fish hook or chain), or Chikufujin (竹夫人?), is a hollow bamboo bolster roughly the size of a human body.

The origin of the English term "Dutch wife" is thought to be from the Dutch colony of Indonesia where Dutch traders would spend long periods away from their wives.

Bamboo wives are typically hand-woven from bamboo cane.

Usage[edit]

In the summer heat, the open bamboo structure is cooler to the touch than fabric pillows or sheets. The Dutch wife is embraced by the user, as one would a sleeping companion—this position exposes the maximum amount of the body to cooling breezes. This and other devices, such as pillows of a similar shape, may also alleviate lower back pain when placed between the legs during sleep periods.

Adoption[edit]

Bamboo wife and their variants in other countries have their origin and use in East Asia and Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, which are regions with hot, humid summers.

They are now less popular to the point of extinction, possibly due to the prevalence of air conditioning. As a replacement for Dutch wives made from bamboo, they can also be made of cotton or other synthetic fiber. Dutch wives made of cotton or other synthetic fiber are still widely used in Indonesia.

In culture[edit]

Because chikufujin are hand-woven from cheap materials, they are an item used to connote the poverty of the manufacturer. In the Japanese film Lady Snowblood, a supporting character (Kobue) pretends to make her living by weaving chikufujin to conceal her profession as a prostitute from her father.


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38 news items

Korea Times

Korea Times
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 01:37:30 -0700

A rapper used a "jukbuin" or a bamboo wife -- a traditional Korean house item woven from bamboo cane -- to perform a sexually explicit skit while auditioning for TV rap competition music show "Show Me the Money 4." The bamboo wife, which is larger than ...

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:28:35 -0700

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Tue, 05 May 2015 15:50:01 -0700

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Tue, 06 May 2014 09:49:01 -0700

Han's inspiration came from the chikufujin—also known as a bamboo wife. These are body pillows of roughly the same size as another person. Because they are made up of a mesh that lets wind and breezes through, chikufujin are used in many hot, humid ...
 
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