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Wonsam Part I – The Topcoat for Korean Hanboks

The wonsam is a female ceremonial topcoat or jacket for the Korean hanbok.  According to Wikipedia, it was worn by queens, high-ranking court ladies, and royalty during the Joseon Dynasty of Korea (1392-1910) and also known as daeui’ (big clothing), ‘daesu’ (wide sleeves) and ‘jangsam’ (long clothing).

According to Empas and EncyKorea, the queen, princess consort, and consort to the first son of the crown prince wore the wonsam as a soryebok (a robe for small ceremonies), while wives of high officers and sanggung (court matrons) wore it as daeryebok (a robe for major ceremonies).

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