General Kim Deok Ryeong's Garments
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They were from 400 years ago and were found when the General Kim Deokryeong’s grave was being moved from Mudeung mountain, Gwangju, where the Kim clan graves are gathered together.
Kim Deokryeong was the Damnyang volunteer army leader during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592. He was petite but so quick and fighting-fit that the Japanese soldiers ran away after just seeing his appearance. However, in 1595, he was falsely accused of being secretly in league with the enemy and got arrested. He died in prison. During the reigns of King Yeong Jo, he had his innocence established and granted the name of the Minister of War. His mortuary tablet is enshrined at Euiyeolsa shrine, Gwangju.
The excavated clothes include: two pieces summer and winter Cheollik (the clothes of the military officials) which were worn by the ambassadors when sent to foreign countries or to guard the king or during the national crisis and four pieces of winter Jingnyeongpo (a clothe that looks like Durumagi, a traditional Korean overcoat only the collar is straight), one Jeogori, Korean traditional jacket, and one pair of pants.
Cheollik was worn during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592. It is made easy to move arms freely. The summer clothe is made with thick cotton and the winter clothe is longer than the summer clothe to keep warm.
Jingnyeongpo has two kinds; one for springs and falls made with white cotton and the other for winter made with thick cotton. Especially, even though the Myeongju (cotton) Jingnyeongpo is rotten, it is able to see that its length from the seam on the back of a coat to the sleeves is 129cm, unlike the usual clothes. This indicates that it was specially designed for the dead people.
Jeogori is made with thick outside and cotton inside. Only the cotton is left on the parts but the form is clear enough. These clothes are that of the end of 16th century so it is an important material for the research on the history of clothes.
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