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Modern girls

Women who led the consumer culture of Gyeongseong (today’s Seoul) in the 1920s and 1930s and expressed their identity by dressing in Western style, and through their pastimes, language, and way of thinking. The modern education of women, which came about with active nationalist movements from 1920, led women to participate in society and the emergence of the so-called “new woman.” This new woman was generally someone who had studied overseas and was a fashion leader. She naturally mixed traditio

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Modern boys

Men who led the consumer culture of Gyeongseong (today’s Seoul) in the 1920s and 1930s and expressed their identity by dressing in Western style, and through their pastimes, language, and way of thinking. A 1930s Korean dictionary defines the borrowed word “modeon” (Kor. 모던) as “new” or “modern.” “Modern girl” means “new woman” or “modern woman, ” while “modern boy” means exactly that, a modern man, New women and modern boys, who were educated during the enlightenment period and exposed to Weste

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Attire that babies wear on their first birthday, representing wishes for a long life. The dolbok varied greatly according to the family’s economic circumstances. In general, however, it was a colorful costume complete with hat and shoes, the girls’ clothes distinguished from the boys’ clothes.In many cases the dolbok was decorated with designs symbolizing longevity and good fortune or geometric designs composed of the Chinese characters a (亞) or man (卍), the swastika. These designs representing

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Dano Dress

Danobim (Kor. 단오빔, Chin. 端午-), also pronounced as dano bieum (Kor. 단오비음), refers to festive clothing worn on Dano (Kor. 단오, Chin. 端午, the fifth of the fifth lunar month). According to the “Dongguk Sesigi” (Kor. 동국세시기, Chin. 東國歲時記, A Record of Seasonal Customs in Korea, 1849), "On Dano, people present fans to each other; girls wear new red and blue clothes and wash their hair and body with changpo extract." This record placed considerable emphasis on the newness of the clothes worn on D

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Cone-shaped headgear worn over gat, a traditional Korean hat, for protection against the sun or rain. Although it is unclear when galmo began to be used, the use of gat dates back to the early Joseon period, and based on records it can be assumed that galmo were already being worn by the mid-Joseon period. The galmo was called by various names: it was originally called gatmoja (lit. gat hat) because it was worn over gat; umo (lit. rain hat) because it was worn on a rainy day; and yumo (lit. oil

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Traditional pants, an outer lower garment with two legs. Influenced by horse-riding peoples in the northern regions, baji were widely worn by men and women of all ages.During the Joseon Dynasty, men’s pants went through three stages of change by form and period. During the first stage spanning the early Joseon period to the Japanese Invasions of Korea (1592-98, Imjin waeran), baji looked like wide-leg drawers; during the second stage, before and after the invasions, a transitional form of pants

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A type of po (robe or coat) with a round collar, dallyeong (Kor. 단령, Chin. 團領 lit. round collar) was worn by all government officials when carrying out official duties. The word dallyeong specifically refers to a round collar but is also the generic name for coats with round collars. The dallyeong was adopted as an official uniform during the reign of King U in the late Goryeo Dynasty when an official uniform system was imported from the Ming Dynasty of China. This official uniform was worn acc

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Raingear worn over the shoulders like a cape. This garment is mentioned 30 times in Joseon wangjo sillok (Annals of the Joseon Dynasty) from 1425 (7th year of the reign of King Sejong) to 1798 (22nd year of the reign of King Jeongjo). It was worn not only to protect the body from rain and the cold but was widely used as a gift for foreign envoys, a gift bestowed by the king, and as a symbol of national strength and promotion of farming it was also worn in the royal plowing ceremony (chingyeong).

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