Sambe ( Korean : 삼베 ), or hemp fiber , is a traditional fiber for Korean clothing. The knowledge of weaving is skillfully understood, and has been deemed to be a national treasure, and has been designated as an intangible cultural asset .  Sambe was the primary textile fiber used in clothing for commoners prior to the introduction of cotton to Korea in the late 15th century.  A particularly fine variety is andongpo from Andong , North Gyeongsang Province .   
A Korean traditional funeral includes sambe death dress for the deceased and sambe clothing for mourners.  After commercial relations between China and Korea in 1990, Chinese-made cloth began to replace Korean cloth. 
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