Red Silk Robe

unknownRepublic of Korea/Joseon Dynasty

National Folk Museum of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea
Seoul, South Korea

This is a ceremonial full dress worn by the king and government officials in rituals and ceremonies for New Year’s Day, winter solstice, and other events. This is the highest form of attire among official uniforms, and also called ceremonial full dress with a golden coronet, since the accompanying coronet is partly plated in gold. The dress for the king is comprised of a coronet, an imperial garment, a round neckband, a wrapping skirt, an inner robe, hanging jade beads, a back drapery, socks, shoes and a handheld tablet. As King Gojong became an emperor, a coronet with nine lines called wonyugwan was changed to a 12-line coronet called tongcheongwan. The ceremonial attire for government officials consists of a coronet, a red robe, a red skirt, a white inner robe, a red apron, a wide belt, a leather belt, hanging jade beads, a back drapery, socks, shoes, and a handheld tablet. The number of lines, material of the leather belt, jade beads, the handheld tablet, and design of the back drapery were differentiated to identify the wearer’s status.

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  • Title: Red Silk Robe
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Republic of Korea/Joseon Dynasty
  • Location: 한국
  • Physical Dimensions: Length 114 Width 32 Length from collar to sleeve end 55.5
  • Type: Clothing/Clothing/Officials’ Clothes/Ritual Clothes
  • Medium: Leno weave/Silk