Traditional Womenswear (Hanbok), 한복
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- Credit Line:
Given by Mrs Jung-so, Minja
- Museum number:
FE.55:1 to 4-1991
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A white jacket worn with a blue skirt, as seen here, was the dress of a married woman. Traditionally a woman of comfortable means would wear an undyed white ramie jacket, an indigo-dyed skirt of ramie, and under-garments also of undyed ramie. Ramie (a fine fibre derived from the shrub Boehmeria nivea) is an extremely finely woven and delicate type of cloth. Together with hemp, ramie was used widely by commoners before cotton was produced in Korea. At the royal household, however, it was rarely used for outer garments, but mainly for underwear. Instead silk fabrics of superior quality were woven exclusively for the royal household. Indigo, the colour of constancy and symbolising east was popular during the Choson dynasty (1392-1910AD) and widely used by aristocrats and commoners alike. Blue skirts and blue bed covers were, for example, an essential part of a girl’s dowry.
Traditional dress (hanbok) for a woman, consisting of an undyed white woven ramie jacket (FE.55:1-1991), an indigo dyed skirt of woven Andong hemp or ramie (FE.55:2-1991) and under-garments also of undyed woven ramie.
Place of Origin
Materials and Techniques
Width: 143 cm, Length: 31 cm, Length: 125 cm
Object history note
Registered File number 1991/2453.
The outfit was given to the Museum when Rose Kerr and Beth McKillop vistied the donor's home in November 1991. The donor said that this garment was suitable for a married woman to wear.
Traditional dress for a woman in four parts, woven ramie, the skirt dyed with indigo, Korea, 1980
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
McKillop, Beth. Korean Art and Design. London: V&A Publications, 1992, p.130, fig. 57
Textiles; Women's clothes
East Asia Collection