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Hwanghu-jeogui(Empress' Ceremonial Attire)

황후 적의 ( 皇后 翟衣 )

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Classification National Folklore Cultural Heritage
Name of Cultural Properties Hwanghu-jeogui(Empress' Ceremonial Attire)
Quantity 1 item
Designated Date 1979.01.23
Age Great Han Empire
Address Sejong University Museum 98, Gunja-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

This ceremonial robe or Jeokui was worn formally by the Queen or Princess when visiting the Royal Ancestors Shrine and receiving a visit from their retainers in the morning. It was for women from the high social class during the Joseon Dynasty, and it looks similar to durumagi (topcoat) embroidered with the pattern of pheasant, which symbolized affection and long, loving couple life. This was used for the empress after King Gojong acceded to the Imperial throne.
This jeokui is made of geumjikdan (cloth woven with gold threads) decorated with the pattern of 154 braces of pheasants on dark blue background in 12 layers, starting from the upper side to the bottom. The pattern of 5-petal flowers is arranged between a pair of pheasants facing each other. The patterns of pheasant are embroidered with green, red, and black threads. The collar, the entire edge from the front to the bottom of the robe, and the rim of the sleeves are bordered with red gold-thread woven hem decorated with the pattern of dragon and cloud. The hyungbae (embroidered insignia) on the chest and back and the bo (insignia) on both shoulders have the pattern of dragon and cloud embroidered with gold threads. This jeokui is the only one remaining today, so it is regarded as a very valuable clothing artifact.