Women's Clothes and Ornaments of the Joseon dynasty, 1392-1910
Since the mid-Joseon Dynasty this robe was a formal dress of the court. In the beginning it was a mourning robe for a queen. Since then it became a formal dress for a queen, a full dress for the woman of nobility, and a wedding dress for the common folk. It has an insignia embroidered with a phoenix design attached to it.
The wearing of pendant ornaments was limited to the royal family and noblewomen. But in later times, commoners also used them during celebratory also used them during celebratory events, and the daily use of simple ornaments also became common. In noble families, precious norigae were handed from generation to generation to express familial love and transmit family tradition. Norigae were made in various styles, and from various materials.
Only the upper classes could use hairpins made of gold and silver, or decorated with jewels. Commoners made their hairpins of copper, nickel, wood, or animal bones. Longer and bigger ones were used for ceremonies; shorter and smaller ones for daily use. Royal courtiers wore hairpins that differed according to the season.
Black hairpins made of rhinoceros' horns were used for funerals of kings and queens, parents and husbands. Long ones were worn on the occasion of ritual service; short ones, during the mourning period. Large pins decorated with plum flowers and bamboo trees were used by the women of royal and upper class families.
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