Silk wedding coat, pale green with red lining; cream cuffs along which are pink, green, red, yellow and blue stripes; slit at the sides from below the sleeves.
- Made in: Korea
- Found/Acquired: Songhwon (?)
- (Asia,Korea,South Korea,Chungchong Namdo (province),Songhwon (Seonghwan))
- Length: 119 centimetres
- Width: 172 centimetres (across arms)
From acquisition "wedding".
Songhwon, South Korea.
Wedding clothes obtained by donor's husband in 1951.This garment known in Korean as wonsam is a wedding dress of a type worn by commoners from the late 19th century on. In the Choson dynasty (1392–1910) the wonsam was a ceremonial robe worn only by queens, princesses and other high-ranking women at court.
July 2011 - July 2013, BM Gallery 67
16 June 2011
Prepare for display. Remove creases and sharp folds. Clean, and consider local stain removal. Apply local patch repairs using either adhesive or stitched technique to secure weak areas and splits, especially at shoulder and neck area.
The kimono is in fair condition, quite soiled from wear and museum dirt, exhibiting numerous localised areas of damage to the outer silk particularly along top of the sleeves, neck and underarm areas where the silk is abraded, and splitting. Conservation is required prior to display. There are small areas of insect damage in the main body both in top silk and in the lining - but these appear stable and should not be under stress when on display, so do not require patching. There are several stains, including pink dye transfer marks on the sleeves; yellow staining in lower back; and water stain on sleeve. Some creasing from wear and folded storage.
The kimono was surface cleaned. Following initial cleaning using vacuum and soft brush, further cleaning using conservation sponge was extremely effective in removing fine black carbon dirt especially on the green silk body, greatly improving the appearance. Tests were carried out to assess possibility of removing or reducing the pink dye staining on adjacent white silk sections on the sleeves, using variety of aqueous and non aqueous cleaning solutions, but none were effective. The 'tide lines' around areas of water staining where softened and visibly reduced by rolling cotton wool swab slightly moistened with deionised water over the area.The areas of damage to the silk in the sleeves, neck and underarms were secured using stitched technique, inserting patches of suitably coloured light weight silk habutai behind the area of loss and couching with silk monofilament thread.The kimono was humidified using combination of ultrasonic humidifier and local contact humidification, and hung as it would be displayed in order to allow fold creases to drop out.Treatment carried out as part of student placement by Melina Plottu, under supervision of Monique Pullan.
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