Korean Art and Antiques

Rare Yugon, Confucian Student's Hat made of Fine Ramie

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Textiles: Pre 1900: Item # 1060870

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This hat was displayed in an exhibition of antique Korean hats at the Korea Society, and was featured in the New York Times Style section. Fashion designers, such as Carolina Herrera, recognize the beauty and uniqueness of traditional Korean hats and have been using them as part of their ensembles. In the 19th Century, the Japanese called Korea 'The Land of Hats' because the Koreans had a hat for every occasion and every position in society. This is a rare Confucian Student's Hat (Yugon). Korean scholars didn't often keep the hats that they wore as students, so student hats like this survive in much smaller numbers than the hats that were worn by scholars. This delightful example is made from a fine ramie. It folds up into a small square to fit into the pocket. When it is worn, it takes the shape of the character for 'student' ('xue sheng' in Chinese, 'haksaeng' in Korean). This hat was also worn when taking the civil service examination. A charming piece of Korean academic history. This antique hat is being offered here at a price that is lower than what it would cost to have it made by an artisan in Korea today. 8.5h x 10.25w x 5d inches, 21.5h x 26w x 12.5d cm.