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Sample of sambe

Sambe (Korean: 삼베), or hemp fiber, is a traditional fiber for Korean clothing. The knowledge of weaving sambe skillfully is being lost, has been deemed a national treasure, and specific individuals with the ability were designated intangible cultural assets.[1] Sambe was the primary textile fiber used in clothing for commoners prior to the introduction of cotton to Korea in the late 15th century.[2] A particularly fine variety is andongpo from Andong, North Gyeongsang Province.[2][3][4]

A Korean traditional funeral includes a sambe death dress for the deceased and sambe clothing for mourners.[5] After commercial relations between China and Korea resumed in 1990, Chinese-made hemp cloth began to replace Korean cloth.[6]


  1. ^ Cho 2007.
  2. ^ a b Yi 2008, p. 55.
  3. ^ Clarke 2006, p. 54.
  4. ^ Chung 2015.
  5. ^ Kendall & Dix 1987, pp. 80-82.
  6. ^ Koh 2007.

Newspaper sources[edit]

  • Cho, Jae-eun (July 23, 2007), "Weaving way of life faces extinction", JoongAng Daily, Korea
  • Chung, Ah-young (2015-11-20), "Andongpo: Artisan preserves disappearing craft of hemp fabric weaving", Korea Times

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