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Bridal robe (wonsam)
Date: 2006
Object Name: Costume
Materials: Silk with silk and gold embroidery
Dimensions: H. 57 1/2 in x W. 100 in, H. 146 cm x W. 254 cm
Credit Line: Acquisition made possible by Mrs. Ann Witter
Department: Korean Art
Collection: Textiles
Object Number: 2006.10
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 22

Description

Label: This lavish robe is based on the ceremonial robe worn by Princess Hwasun (1720–1758) during the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). Wonsam is a long robe with a round neckline, wide sleeves, and slit sides. A green wonsam like this one would have been worn by a woman at the royal court or a high-ranking officer’s wife. A full skirt, chest band, and formal hairstyle would have completed the outfit. This modern re-creation, crafted with precision, has designs of boys with grapes, peonies and lotus flowers, and other Buddhist symbols. A badge at the center of the robe’s front and back is embroidered with traditional motifs for fertility, honor, and prosperity. Commoners were allowed to wear green wonsam for wedding ceremonies, but their robes usually lacked gold patterns and instead displayed more colorful stripes on the sleeves.
Label: This lavish robe is based on the ceremonial robe worn by Princess Hwasun (1720–1758) during the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). Wonsam is a long robe with a round neckline, wide sleeves, and slit sides. A green wonsam like this one would have been worn by a woman at the royal court or a high-ranking officer’s wife. A full skirt, chest band, and formal hairstyle would have completed the outfit. This modern re-creation, crafted with precision, has designs of boys with grapes, peonies and lotus flowers, and other Buddhist symbols. A badge at the center of the robe’s front and back is embroidered with traditional motifs for fertility, honor, and prosperity. Commoners were allowed to wear green wonsam for wedding ceremonies, but their robes usually lacked gold patterns and instead displayed more colorful stripes on the sleeves.