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  • Photograph of a Korean bride in traditional costume.
  • Magnifying Glass

Korean Bride, ca. 1980
© Dave Bartruff/CORBIS

Korea

Slippers for an Empress

Traditionally, a Korean bride was said to be an “empress for the day.” Her wedding shoes would be in the traditional Korean canoe-like shape, but, rather than being covered in simple textile, they would be surfaced with luxurious brocaded silk. Frequently, the silk was figured with tiny blossoms and the colour was often red, a colour of life and vitality.