Dopo (clothing)

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Interior 1, Unhyeongung - Seoul, Korea.JPG
A mustard-colored dopo
Korean name
Hangul 도포
Revised Romanization dopo
McCune–Reischauer top'o

The dopo is a variety of po, or overcoat in hanbok, Chinese and Korean traditional garment which was mostly worn by male Confucian scholars called seonbi during the Ming dynasty (after the mid Joseon period).[1]

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 According to historical documents such as Seongho saseol (성호사설), Ojuyeon munjang jeonsango (오주연문장전산고), the garment was influenced by Buddhism.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.[2][3][4]

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  1. ^ 崔莎莎、胡曉東 (2016年2月). "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.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ 도포 (道袍) (in Korean). Empas / EncyKorea. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  3. ^ 도포 (道袍) (in Korean). Doosan Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  4. ^ 도포 (道袍) (in Korean). Empas / Britannica. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 

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