Gulle

Gulle

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Children’s headdress worn for protection against the cold and for ornamental purposes.

Gulle were worn by children of upper-class families aged one to five in the late Joseon Dynasty. They are divided into spring and autumn hats and winter hats based on materials and composition. Gulle were decorated with diverse designs such as peonies, lotus blossoms, reishi mushrooms, mountains, waves, tigers, bats, and butterflies. Chinese characters signifying longevity (壽), fortune (福), joy (囍), longevity, health, happiness and peace (壽福康寧), longevity and happiness (福海壽山), a long and healthy life (萬壽無疆), wealth and honor (富貴), and many sons were embroidered on the hat or stamped in gold leaf. Such designs and characters are all auspicious motifs that express wishes for wealth and honor and a healthy and long life for the child.

The gulle was also called dolmo because it was very often worn by babies on their first birthday (dol). It is the most colorful headgear for children as it was made of silk of five colors and decorated with various ornaments in the hope that the child would grow healthy and happy. The gulle with three straps, worn from spring to fall, was commonly worn in Seoul, which is why it was called Seoul gulle, while the gulle with nine straps was used for winter and was commonly worn in the Kaesong region, which is why it was called Kaesong gulle. The Seoul gulle was mostly worn for ornamental purposes rather than for warmth.

Gulle

Gulle
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Children’s headdress worn for protection against the cold and for ornamental purposes.

Gulle were worn by children of upper-class families aged one to five in the late Joseon Dynasty. They are divided into spring and autumn hats and winter hats based on materials and composition. Gulle were decorated with diverse designs such as peonies, lotus blossoms, reishi mushrooms, mountains, waves, tigers, bats, and butterflies. Chinese characters signifying longevity (壽), fortune (福), joy (囍), longevity, health, happiness and peace (壽福康寧), longevity and happiness (福海壽山), a long and healthy life (萬壽無疆), wealth and honor (富貴), and many sons were embroidered on the hat or stamped in gold leaf. Such designs and characters are all auspicious motifs that express wishes for wealth and honor and a healthy and long life for the child.

The gulle was also called dolmo because it was very often worn by babies on their first birthday (dol). It is the most colorful headgear for children as it was made of silk of five colors and decorated with various ornaments in the hope that the child would grow healthy and happy. The gulle with three straps, worn from spring to fall, was commonly worn in Seoul, which is why it was called Seoul gulle, while the gulle with nine straps was used for winter and was commonly worn in the Kaesong region, which is why it was called Kaesong gulle. The Seoul gulle was mostly worn for ornamental purposes rather than for warmth.