Bridal Robe (Hwarot)

late 1800s
Location: not on view
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This bride's robe is made of densely embroidered silk, but its collar and sleeves are covered in thick paper.


This bride's robe is exquisitely embroidered with various symbols of happiness in colorful silk threads. Butterflies stand for marital happiness; the phoenix, numerous offspring; and lotus flowers and white cranes, longevity. Yet, the bridal robe does not attest to the life of luxury. To the contrary, many traces of repairs, trimmings, and patchwork, reflect Joseon period women’s commitment to value neo-Confucian aesthetics of frugality and modesty.

Substantial repairs and patching reveal that this robe served as an important communal resource to be shared and passed down through several generations. Its collar and sleeves are covered in thick white paper; this paper is replaced with new paper for each bride, while the robe itself was reused for decades.
Bridal Robe (Hwarot)

Bridal Robe (Hwarot)

late 1800s

Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)


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