Bride's Robe

Bride's Robe

혼례복 (闊衣)

1800s

Silk embroidery on silk; edges wrapped with paper

Overall: 114.3 x 174 cm (45 x 68 1/2 in.)

The Worcester R. Warner Collection 1918.552

Description

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. 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-panel folding 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 colored rocks under peonies. Two lines on the shoulders read, "It is the origin of all fortune to get two family names together."

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