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Korean White Mourning Hat of Linen and Bamboo

Korean White Mourning Hat of Linen and Bamboo

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Textiles: Pre 1900: Item # 1074364

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This hat was displayed in an exhibition of antique Korean hats at the Korea Society, and was featured in the New York Times Style section. Fashion designers, such as Carolina Herrera, recognize the beauty and uniqueness of traditional Korean hats and have been using them as part of their ensembles. In the 19th Century, the Japanese called Korea 'The Land of Hats' because the Koreans had a hat for every occasion and every position in society. This is an antique Korean White Mourning Hat of Linen and Bamboo (Baek-rip or Paekpo-rip) with Silk Chin Straps, in excellent condition. This hat was worn when one was in mourning for a deceased family member or when the nation was mourning the passing of a king. Mourning hats had to be worn for two years, until the damje, the ceremony during which the mourning hat is removed, just after the big daesang ceremony that marked the second anniversary of the death. We know these hats from paintings and a few rare museum examples. It would actually cost more to make such a hat today. During the Joseon Dynasty, only stores that were licensed to make mourning hats could sell them. These stores were called baengripjeon. This antique hat is being offered here at a price that is much lower than what it would cost to have it made by an artisan in Korea today. 12.75w x 5.5h inches, 32.5 x 14 cm.