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File:Ornament (Norigae) with Bats LACMA M.2000.15.213a-c.jpg
Three parts norigae with bat ornaments

Norigae (hangul: 노리개) is a typical traditional accessory that is hung from a woman's jeogori goreum (coat strings) or hanbok chima (skirt) and so on.[1]

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).[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

See also


  1. "Use of Norigae". Global Encyclopedia / Daum.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Norigae". Korean Britannica Online.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>