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Figure representing a person on a flat backing of white paper. Front view is depicted of the figure which is made of cloth lightly padded to give a three-dimensional effect having each portion made of a separate piece of cloth with painted details. Face is made of white silk. Head is covered with a green silk coat that has sleeves hanging free, a red-purple collar, a white paper ornament on the forehead, red ribbon at the front, and white cotton cuffs. Under the coat, there is a red, and blue shirt, a light blue-grey silk skirt, two pairs of loose off-white trousers, white socks, and low red shoes. Two pieces of white flannel hemmed in light red-pink silk with a loop of the same thread at the top are glued to the paper backing.

History Of Use

Probably made for sale to European and North Americans, possibly under missionary influence. Figure represents middle or upper class woman in outdoor dress, during the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Such women were kept in near seclusion, and would not appear in the streets without a coat used in this way to cover the head, drawing it over the face as a man approached. The use of this coat as head cover (changot) was forbidden to the lowest class of women.


Collected by J. H. Morris while he was chief engineer for Seoul Railway, Korea.

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