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Indigo Dyed Kwaeja
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Ordinary Jeonboks have simple gold-plated patterns on dark blue clothes but Kwaejas have a variety of embroidered patterns on it. The design and color of this cloth harmonize gracefully. Triangular pieces of fabrics and a very small triangular pine nut at the edge of the collar forms unity in design.

History of the Object
This was among boys' clothing passed down and preserved in a noble family in Gyeonggi-do Province. It is in the form of "banbi", a short outer garment. Although "Jeonbok" refers to the long outer garment worn by male grown-ups, this little version of a boy's outer garment was also called "Jeonbok" for the shape was similar. Upper garments with many ornaments are especially called Kwaeja. Boys aged 4 to 5 wore these garments.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Traditional Silk 
Measurements
Shoulder 15 cm Hem 49 cm; Length 44 cm 
Creator name
A Sewer in late Joseon Period 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Ansan, Gyeonggi-do Province, Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
14-20th Century; Late Joseon Period 
Function
This is a decoratively-embroidered upper garment of Jeonboks--clothes worn by boys. This was worn over Korean traditional jackets and pants.  
Acquisition
Purchased from the collector in Gyeonggi-do Province  
Copyright
Kim Ji Hee  
Acknowledgements
Museum of Natural Dye Arts  
Owner
Kim Ji Hee/ Museum of Natural Dye Arts 
Museum
Museum of Natural Dye Arts 
Credit line
Museum of Natural Dye Arts  

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