Thursday, November 5, 2009

Girl’s Korean Jacket (Jeogori)

(shown here with accompaning chima)

Accession Number: A.8416.64-3a

Label: Girl’s Costume (Coat(ie?), Korea, c.1960’s, Gift of Miss Younghee Choy

This tradional Korean garment is usually worn with a large skirt (chima). Together, the two items are known as a Hanbok.

This child’s sized jeogori is made of pieces of gauzy synthetic material in mint green, red, white, pink, yellow, purple and black. For the sleeves, the fabric has been pieced together to create stripes. On the front of the garment, pieces of fabric have been folded and sewn to create a decorative pattern of triangles. The garment ties at the front with two strips of red fabric. It is fully lined with a white synthetic netting. After construction, the garment was stamped with decorative patterns in bronze paint.

During deconstruction, the left sleeve was detached from the lining and removed from the garment.

Two 4” wide strips of fabric were cut from the length of the sleeve and sewn together to form a strip of fabric 4” wide and 20” long. The strip was folded in half lengthwise, sewn along the long edge, and turned right-side out to form a tube. An 8” piece of 5/8” wide elastic was threaded through the tube. The elastic ends were overlapped and sewn together. The ends of the fabric tube were folded under to form hems and sewn together to finish the scrunchie.

The accession number has been embroidered onto a green stripe on the scrunchie.

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