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  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    pre 1991 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Yi Yông-hûi (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Patterned silk gauze, hand-woven and dyed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This red overjacket was especially commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the early 1990s to form an ensemble with a robe that had been in the Museum’s collection since 1919. Such an outfit would have been worn for an audience with the king or for an auspicious event at the Korean court. The overjacket was made by one of the few tailors in Seoul still able to provide the hand-woven and dyed fine silk gauze used in traditional court costume.

Physical description

Made to complete the outfit of T.196-1920, the overcoat is made of fine red silk gauze with a pattern of circles that enclose pairs of dragons chasing a flaming pearl. With wide sleeves and a decorative bow, the coat and the cuffs of the sleeves are edged with a black band, and at the neck there is a broad white band.

Place of Origin

Korea (made)


pre 1991 (made)


Yi Yông-hûi (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Patterned silk gauze, hand-woven and dyed


Height: 129 cm, Width: 186 cm

Descriptive line

Coat, over jacket of patterned silk gauze, hand-woven and dyed, Yi Yông-hûi, Korea, pre 1991.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Beth McKillop.
Korean Art and Design.
London: V&A,


Silk gauze


Hand weaving; Dyeing


Formal wear; Textiles


East Asia Collection

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