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Gulre, Child's headdress
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Gulre for summer use was made of thin and wispy silk, while the one for winter was made of silk and cotton. The front side was decorated by ambers and balls of colored threads, and the rear side was decorated with various patterns, such as the ten traditional symbols of longevity, peony, lotus, and peach patterns, which symbolizes long life and an auspicious sign. On the top side, the petal decoration with red-colored thread and embroidery was applied, and fancy jewels or beads surrounded it.

History of the Object
Gulre is a traditional Korean winter headdress for children aged 4 to 5. It is also called the “Dol-Headdress” which means the headdress for the first birthday because children used to wear it on their first birthday. It was generally made by connecting several strands of colorful cloths or making them cross each other, and there were also different types for the other seasons. There were several differences in the shape of Gulre according to regions; people in Seoul made it in three-strands, and in the northern regions, nine-strands. The fanciest one was usually found in Jeolla-do region, while the one in Gaeseong tended to be exquisite and in case of Seoul, modest. But in most cases, as it was generally used as an accessory for children, it was characterized by colorful embroidery and gold leaf. Although it was made for children, there was also a custom that a daughter wore a rainbow-striped Jeogori (a Korean traditional upper-garment) with a traditional red skirt and Gulre, and cuddled her mother on the mother’s lap, if a daughter attained her 60th birthday while her parent were alive.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Silk 
Measurements
Height: 35cm, Width: 12cm, Girth: 28cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
Late 19th Century 
Function
Accessory Head-dress against the Cold for a Child 
Acquisition
Purchased in Seoul  
Copyright
Bona Museum  
Acknowledgements
Child's Headdress, Tranditional Korean Lady's handiworks, , Bona Museum Collection, Graphicnet, Seoul, 2007 
Owner
Bona Museum 
Museum
Bona Museum 
Credit line
Bona Museum  

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