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(From left to clockwise) Jangbogwan (Korea University Museum); Heukgeon (Korea University Museum); Wongwan (Scholar’s headdress); Jeongjagwan (Men’s indoor headdress)

A traditional bride’s robe features a lotus design to represent the bride’s purity and rebirth in the Buddhist tradition. Thus, it was also auspicious for a ten-folding-panel lotus screen to decorate a woman’s room in the late Joseon period. The backside of this robe is embroidered with lotuses and egrets along the bottom. Peonies and birds appear at the top. On the front and on the sleeves, a phoenix stands on the colored rocks under the peonies.

Woman's Ensemble: Robe, Skirt, and Sash | Woman's Ceremonial Outfit | Choi Bok-hee, Korean, 1930 - 2007

Hwarot is a type of Korean traditional clothing worn by royal women for ceremonial occasions during the Joseon period. Later it was worn by commoners as a wedding gown. Today, it is still worn by brides during the wedding ceremony. Hwarot. Late Joseon Dynasty, Korea. Hwarot is colorful and lavishly decorated. The cloth is woven with colorful embroidered designs and symbols for longevity, great fortune, and a happy marriage.

Bridal robe, 1900–2000. Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). Embroidery on silk. Courtesy of National Museum of Korea, Gift of Lee Hong-ku

Non-Western Historical Fashion - Hwarot Late Joseon Dynasty Korea Virtual...

Bride’s Robe Korea, Joseon period (1392-1910) Date: 1800s Medium: silk embroidery on silk; edges wrapped with paper gallery notes: Korean bridal robes were rented to the middle-class women in the village after the upper-class brides had used them. The paper around the neck and sleeves was changed for every wedding ceremony.