An article from the Korea Times


코리아타임즈 (The Korea Times)

사진출처: 한국가구박물관, 전시 당시 사진



All in all, royal Korean female attire for a queen involved more than 13 layers in some cases.

“It must have been a bit cumbersome for those in the royal court to wear all those layers,” said Ann Chu, a tourist visiting last Saturday from Hong Kong.

But Professor Kim said that the layers illustrated not only their status, but also a certain set of “codes” of designing or making a king’s, a queen’s or a prince’s gown.

“For instance, for the king’s coat or the “hongnyongpo,” the dragon design on it should depict a five-toed dragon while it should be a four-toed dragon for prince. The historical documents carry very specific details about what a king should wear on certain occasions,” Kim said.

Popular interest in traditional Korean costumes has been revived as younger people and foreign visitors borrow hanbok to walk about in Seoul and in other places such as Jeonju Hanok Village.

But for Kim, restoring royal garments is a work pursuing perfection as she tries to capture the aesthetical essence of the time. “Depending on the clothes, I spend about six months to two years in preparation and then try to turn what’s on the text into physical attire,” Kim said.


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