Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Korean Wedding Jacket (Jeogori)

(shown here with accompaning Chima)

Accession Number: CR.356.66.1a

Label: Wedding Dress, Coat, Korea, c.1960’s

This jacket is made of a gauzy synthetic material in hot pink and yellow. The pink fabric has a woven medallion pattern, while the yellow has a woven floral pattern. There is a white fabric collar and the jacket is fully lined with yellow tulle. On the right side of the jacket there is a short yellow tulle strap that ties to a similar strap attached to the inside of the coat, just below the left sleeve. On the front of the jacket are two long, hot pink ties. After construction, medallions and decorative patterns have been printed on the pink fabric in silver ink.

During deconstruction, the pink ties were removed. The right sleeve was detached from the lining and removed from the Jacket. The seams in the sleeve were removed, freeing the yellow piece of fabric.

A canteen was obtained and from it, a pattern was drafted. Four identical pieces were cut from the yellow fabric. Two pieces were hand-sewn together along the top half, folded right side out, and pressed. This was repeated with the remaining two pieces, creating two identical pieces of double thickness. These two pieces were pinned and hand-sewn along the bottom edge. After turning it right-side out, the yellow canteen cover was then fitted onto the canteen and the two sides were hand-sewn together at the top, enclosing the canteen. The finished ends of the two pink ties were sewn together, forming one long strip. Approximately ¾” of both sides of the strip were folded under, pressed, and top-stitched into place. On the back of the strip, the edges of the folded-under sides were secured with a slip stitch to create a 1” wide strap. This strap was threaded through the three metal loops on the sides of the canteen. The ends of the strap were overlapped and machine-sewn together.

The accession number has been embroidered on the canteen’s pink strap.

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