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Wonam (wedding robe)

Photo: National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, Republic of Korea

Wonam (wedding robe)

late 19th century

The commoner class of Korea traditionally wore white clothing, reserving red and other colors for the upper class and for special occasions. When worn by ordinary people on their wedding day, the wonsam robe had multicolored sleeves with horizontal bands of red, yellow, blue, pink, green, red and white. A long ribbon of silk worn just below the breast line further embellished the robe. Many Korean brides today still wear the wonsam in traditional wedding ceremonies.
Silk gauze and silk plain weave: patched and stitched
60 x 68 x 48 in. (152.4 x 172.7 x 121.9cm)
Gift of Frank S. Bayley III
92.145
Photo: National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, Republic of Korea
location
Not currently on view

Resources

Published References"Korean Art Collection in the Seattle Art Museum, U.S.A." Tajaon Kwangyaoksi: Kungnip Munhwaja Yaonguso, 2015, pg. 151-52.