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A Jangot (장옷) is a type of clothing worn by women of the Joseon Dynasty period as a veil to cover their faces.[1] Jangot is similar to durumagi, or the outer jacket of a hanbok.[1] The difference is, a jangot has a collar (git) and a ribbon for tying (goreum).[1] According to the principles of the Joseon Dynasty's Confucianism, women were ordered not to show their face to foreign men, so they would cover their faces in many ways while going out.

Yeosu-Suncheon Rebellion By LIFE Magazine. Grieving South Korean women and an international observer, 1948

Korean "Comfort Women" - under Japanese occupation they were forced to become comfort women to Japanese troops. Comfort women of World War II remain one of the most controversial issues when dealing with Japanese war crimes, as the Japanese governments have continue to play down the severity of historical fact.

[Korean woman wrapped in cloak] 1904. Korean women from the upper class wore cloaks over their heads on outings, called essugae chimae or changot, which is a coat-style veil. Since the time of King Sejo (1417-1468, women wore this robe worn by the men, and it then evolved as a veil for women. Collection: Willard Dickerman Straight and Early U.S.-Korea Diplomatic Relations, Cornell University Library

Korean women under Joseon dynasty

Korean Women and their Coach Bearers Photo by UNKNOWN Photographer, ca.1899-1900.