A norigae can be divided into 4 parts: the ddidon (hangul : 띠돈; hanja: 帶金) (the top ring of a norigae), the paemul (hangul : 패물) (the jewel of the norigae), and the maedeup (hangul : 매듭) (the knot of the norigae), and sul (hangul : 술) (the tassel).
The norigae's function is both a good-luck charm hoped to bring something such as eternal youth, wealth or many sons (depending on its shape), as well as a fashion accessory. Usually, the norigae from the parents' home or husband's home was passed down to descendants.
Norigaes have various shapes derived from nature or from everyday life. They are divided into samjaks (hangul : 삼작; hanja: 三作) and danjaks (hangul : 단작; hanja: 單作), and samjaks can then be divided again into daesamjaks and sosamjaks. Daesamjaks and sosamjaks have the same form, but each one's paemul is different.
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