Historical Dress from Korea

In the name of research I’ve begun watching the Korean drama “A Jewel in the Palace,” a.k.a. “Dae Jang Geum.” This is strictly research, I swear. It’s not, you know, the super engaging plot or characters or anything like that.

I am managing to get some nice references to Chosun dynasty attire. From what I can tell, the garment worn on top is called a Jeogori. It is worn with a long skirt called a Chima, tied just above the breasts.

watercolor study of a Korean woman in Chosun dynasty attire, from reference photo

It’s been fascinating to get a glimpse of the historical traditions of this culture, which I previously knew next to nothing about. The best part, aside from the interesting hairstyles, are the wacky hats worn by the men. These deserve an entire post of their own.

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