This Women's Ornamental Jacket has lapel, cuffs of sleeves, seop (long, hanging cloth attached to a jacket), and breast ties arranged in different colors.
It was discovered from the stomach of a statue of the Buddha at Sangwonsa Temple in Odaesan Mountain while repainting the statue in gold in 1975.
The statue seems to have been made in 1466 when King Sejo visited this temple several times, and this jeogori was worn by someone during the 1460s.
It is 52.4 cm long and 34 cm wide.
Due to the wide breast area, the sleeves and overall jeogori look short.
The jeogori has square lapel, straight sleeves, and short narrow breast ties, showing the characteristics of early Joseon Dynasty.
Light, deep tones of the same color were arranged alternatingly, showing good color arrangement.
This jeogori shows very well that Korean ancestors enjoyed various colors, not simply white color or primary colors.
According to a writing on the left back side of this jeogori, the owner of the jeogori seems to have a last name, “Jang,” and that she was a royal concubine of King Sejo.
As the oldest one in Korea to date, this jeogori shows the characteristics of jeogori of the early Joseon Dynasty.
The composition and colors of this jeogori provide valuable information in studying traditional Korean clothing.
※ The title of designation was changed from “Baekcho Hoejangjeogori During the Reign of King Sejo” to “Official Clothing Worn by Jeong On” to “Women's Ornamental Jacket Worn during the Reign of King Sejo” according to the planning for changing the names of important folk cultural heritage (Apr.