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  • Buhshun paper sock-pattern from Korea.
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Sewing pattern for buhshun sock
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Korea

Buhshun: Korean Socks

A sewing chest was one of the traditional items in the dowry of a young Korean bride. Textile work was a prized skill and sock making, in particular, was a wife’s responsibility. Women made patterns for each of their family members out of delicate rice paper and then kept these patterns neatly folded in little brocaded envelopes that frequently had images, such as ducks or cranes, which symbolized harmonious marriages.