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Baby’s first garment

The first garment that a baby wears after birth. Baenaetjeogori is a loose upper garment made either before or after a child is born. Generally, however, it was made after the birth in the belief that doing so beforehand might arouse jealousy among evil spirits and cause serious problems during childbirth. Two or three of these garments were made at the same time, usually by the baby’s mother, paternal and maternal grandmothers, or great grandmother. It was believed that the best garment for the

Korean Rites of Passage

Garot

Work clothes dyed with persimmon juice and dried in the sunlight that were worn on Jeju Island. It is not known when garot began to be worn on Jeju Island. Representative of the life of Jeju islanders until the 1950s, garot were worn so frequently by the women so that it became their informal attire. They were well loved because they were hygienic, economic, practical and environmentally friendly. From the 1930s, Korean-style baggy harem pants (mombbe) dyed with persimmon juice became popular.

Korean Clothing

Haenyeobok

Work clothes worn by women divers of Jeju Island when collecting seafood from the ocean. Also called mulsojungi, the clothing traditionally worn by the women divers when working consists of an unlined jacket, a one-piece suit called momtong, and straps over the shoulders and at the side. The momtong is a short one-piece garment covering the chest and the bottom while exposing the arms and legs. There are two types, one with a thin strap over just one shoulder and the other with two straps over

Korean Clothing

Baegui

White clothes, widely worn by the people of Korea. Baegui (Kor. 백의, Chin. 白衣, lit. white clothes) have been established as the clothing representative of the Korean people despite countless bans and restrictions over the ages, through the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties and the period of Japanese colonial rule. Records show that the custom of venerating white clothes goes back to ancient times: in the ancient state of Buyeo it was believed “the people venerated white clothes” (在國衣尙白); in the ancient

Korean Clothing

Gajukbeoseon

Leather shoes in the form of high-necked padded socks that were once worn by herders on Jeju Island when they took care of grazing livestock. On Jeju Island clothing and hats as well as everyday items began to be made using animal hide and fur because they were easy to obtain. These materials were used to make winter shoes and other items necessary for herders working in the mountains or fields to take care of livestock. An account in The Journal of Hendrick Hamel (1668) attests to the use of s

Korean Clothing

New Year's Dress

The custom of wearing a set of specially prepared new clothes on the Lunar New Year’s Day is called seolbim (Kor. 설빔, lit. New Year’s dress) or sejang (Kor. 세장, Chin. 歲粧, lit. New Year’s decoration). The dresses themselves can also be referred to as seolbim. It was essential to don these clothes on the morning of the New Year before exchanging the ceremonious greetings with the family members, relatives and neighbors. Children’s New Year clothes were usually made of the b

Korean Seasonal Customs

Jeongdongbeollip

A summer work hat with brim worn on Jeju Island, made of wild queen coral bead vines. Herders and farmers on Jeju Island wore jeongdongbeollip in summer as they looked after their horses and sheep on the mountains and plains for protection against the summer sunlight and rain. It is not known when this hat was first made, but men made them during the farming layover season and used them for workwear. The better made ones were worn by both men and women when going on an outing. In recent times

Korean Clothing

Baenaetjeogori

An upper garment without collar (git) and overlapping front panel (seop) that is the first piece of clothing a newborn baby wears after being bathed. It is not known when baenaetjeogori were first made or why. But regardless of region and time, it was believed that a child must be born if a household is to prosper and the number of relatives increase. This garment holds great significance as the first garment worn by a baby. The cloth, color, size, and designs used on a garment have their respec

Korean Clothing

Kkachidurumagi

Children’s coat made of cloth of five colors that was worn on the last day of the lunar year, which is why the coat is also called kkachi seolbim. Kkachi seolbim refers to the clothes worn by children on lunar New Year’s Eve. Kkachi, or the magpie, was described as a propitious bird symbolizing abundance, public office, cure of illness, and gratitude in literature such as Samguk sagi (History of the Three Kingdoms), Samguk yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms), and the “Fable of Ojakkyo” in w

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