Outer Robe

unknownRepublic of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea
Seoul, South Korea

This was the typical robe of the literati of the Joseon Dynasty. Before the Japanese invasion of 1592, it was worn to symbolize the status of high-ranking officials, but after the invasion, it came to be worn by Confucian scholars and the literati. Commoners, however, were not able to wear the robe. These robes had a straight collar, wide sleeves, and cloth strips under the armpits. These robes, in particular, were characterized by a separate skirt at the back. The back skirt hid the slit of the inner skirt, preventing the underwear from being seen when the wearer rode on a horse. These robes were forbidden in the reign of King Gojong as part of efforts to simplify clothes, yet a simpler version of the robe was created to be worn for rituals including coming-of-age ceremonies, marriages, funerals, and ancestral services.

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  • Title: Outer Robe
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Republic of Korea
  • Location: 한국
  • Physical Dimensions: Length 118 Length from collar to sleeve end 79.5 Width 51
  • Type: Clothing/Clothing/Ordinary Clothes/Men’s Robe
  • Medium: Leno weave/Paper mulberry