It’s been slightly over a yr because it was reported that BTS’s RM donated ₩100 million KRW (about $72,100 USD) to the Abroad Korean Cultural Heritage Basis (OKCHF) with a purpose to carry a standard Korean robe again to the nation for restoration. The piece belongs to the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork (LACMA), however the restoration course of wanted to be accomplished by the hands of grasp artisans in its house nation.
This histoical silk crimson gown, known as a hwarot, is believed to be one of many solely 40 such current marriage ceremony clothes worn by Korean princesses and one of many 10 such items owned by organizations exterior of Korea. In 1939, this piece was donated to LACMA by the collector of Japanese textiles Bella Mabury. The embroidery on the garment carries many cultural symbols reminiscent of peonies and butterflies to signifiy longevity and auspicousness, together with phrases reminiscent of, “Fortune is just like the rivers and seas.”
It was his nice love of artwork, each fashionable and conventional, in addition to of his tradition that prompted him to make the donation.
By his donation, the conservation work serves to assist unfold Korean tradition far and huge. Whereas there are hwarots on show in his house nation, the piece at LACMA serves as a mark of Korean tradition within the larger world.
This specific piece was additionally in unbelievable situation, making it all of the extra excellent for restoration.
Due to him, the hwarot is again to its full glory and on show for all at LACMA.
The robe was historically worn by royalty throughout their marriage.
He was additionally given the highest invoice within the credit for the piece, alongside the chairman of the Abroad Korean Cultural Heritage Foundaiton, a Grasp of Embroidery, and a Professor at a college. He’s credited as “the beginning of a significant curiosity.” It was because of RM that the challenge may kick off within the first place.
Big kudos to RM for serving to restore such a fantastic piece of historical past!
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