Monday, May 3, 2010

Floral Korean Jacket (Jeogori)

Accession Number: A.8416.64-2a

Label: Woman’s Costume, Korea, c.1960’s, Gift of Miss Younghee Choy

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

This particular jeogori was originally paired with this chima.

This silk jeogori is made of a tan fabric woven with pink and light blue flowers. The cuffs of the sleeves are made of a dark red silk woven with a medallion pattern. The garment ties in the front with two strips of the same dark red fabric (Gorem). The collar of the coat is white silk stiffened with paper. The garment is completely lined with light blue silk.

When deconstructed, the lining was removed, as were most seams. Although the finished sleeves have a semi-circular lower edge, they were made from rectangles of fabric and left untrimmed, with the original corners hidden behind the lining.

A pattern was drafted and used to cut two identical pieces of the blue lining silk. Two pieces of crinoline were also cut. Each piece of blue silk was placed onto a piece of crinoline and hand sewn in place with a black thread, thus forming the front and back panels of the eye patch. A 16” piece of thin black elastic was cut and the ends were sewn to opposite sides of the back panel. A cardboard insert, slightly smaller than the pattern, was cut from the back of a Nature Valley brand Sweet and Salty Nut Granola Bar box. This insert was sandwiched between the front and back panel of the eye patch, crinoline sides inwards. The panels of the eye patch were hand sewn together around the outside edge.

The accession number has been embroidered on the front of the eye patch.