Dopo (clothing)

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Interior 1, Unhyeongung - Seoul, Korea.JPG
A mustard-colored dopo
Korean name
Revised Romanizationdopo

The dopo is a variety of po, or overcoat in hanbok, which was mostly worn by male Confucian scholars called seonbi during the Goryeo and Joseon period.[1][2]

Seonbi wore it as their daily garment as well as government officers did when they out for their private business. There are several speculations over the origin of the dopo. According to historical documents such as Seongho saseol (성호사설), Ojuyeon munjang jeonsango (오주연문장전산고), the garment was influenced by Buddhism. The authors claimed that dopo was originally monk's robe called, gwontu (권투 圈套) which was identical to jangsam, another monk's garment.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ 崔莎莎、胡曉東 (February 2016). "孔府舊藏明代男子服飾結構選例分析" (pdf). 服飾導刊. 5 (1): 61–67. ISSN 2095-4131.
  2. ^ Traditional Korean Costume by Kyŏng-ja Yi, Na-yŏng Hong, Suk-hwan Chang, Mi-ryang Yi
  3. ^ 도포 (道袍) (in Korean). Empas / EncyKorea. Retrieved 2008-09-30.
  4. ^ 도포 (道袍) (in Korean). Doosan Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-09-30.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ 도포 (道袍) (in Korean). Empas / Britannica. Retrieved 2008-09-30.

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