The noted Dusan myeongju


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The noted Dusan myeongju


In Dusan-ri, Yangbuk-myun, which is 35 kilometers from Gyeongju station, about thirty local residents work together in breeding silkworms. With the silk they produce, they make clothes in which the dead will be dressed for burial. Their output is two hundred rolls of silk per year, and all of this is used in making clothes for the dead. Annual income from sales is around 70 million won.

From early times, people used to have these silk clothes made for their parents. Sons and daughters wanted to show their filial respect by choosing an intercalary day for this task (an extra day inserted into the calendar ? no ordinary day). And they had the work done by old people who had spent a long and fruitful life. The center of these garments would be left seamless.

This represented their dearest wish that the dead would have a comfortable journey to the world beyond.

The price of a forty-jah roll of silk is 350,000 won (40 jah = 12 meters). A set of clothes would cost 1,200,000.

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