So for those of you don't know, Hanbok, also called Joseonot, is the traditional clothing for Koreans. Nowadays people only wear these for festivities and specific holidays. However people would wear these all the time years ago. It is a kind of traditional formal dress and most Koreans keep a hanbok for traditional times.
One way to refer to Korea is 'the people in white’, which refers to the fact that the Korean people often wear white or similar tones. Koreans have long worn white clothing made of hemp or cotton regardless of their status. The case of formal dress was different, however. Color and design were typically luxurious and the hanbok was particularly highly valued for its gracious and subtle colors. Modern designers have presented the traditional Korean costume at renowned cities of fashion such as Paris and New York.
Hanbok has changed slightly over the time in terms of material, preferred colors, and the length of the skirt or jacket but thr basic format has more or less remained the same for the past 1,600 years. Hanbok can be either classified by ceremonial or everyday clothing which can also be furthered classified by gender, age and season. All Hanbok are created magnificently through combinations of straight and slightly curved lines.
Children wear hanbok on their first birthday and adults wear it for their wedding ceremony and on their 60th birthday. The hanbok is also worn for funerals or religious services, and is still used as casual wear in villages or districts where the traditional ways of life are still maintained
The hanbok is colored using natural dyes. The colors of nature are imbued in the cloth. For example, red dye is obtained from the petals of red flowers. The color pigment is extracted by grounding the petals in a mortar, putting them in a jar and rinsing them with hot caustic soda. It is a very slow, complicated, precise process. The colors obtained in this way differ greatly from artificial dyes in their color and depth. .
The Hanbok is creative and emotional in its design. One Korean phrase regarding the shape of the outfit is the 'upper is narrow, lower is wide'. The tightly fitting jacket attractively reflects the shape of the upper body. The wide sleeves and flexible skirts enhance the wearer’s gracefulness by hiding the physical features of the lower body
Although hanbok is now worn only on traditional holidays, Koreans' love for hanbok is still surviving. The popularity of Korean classic dramas is causing many foreigners to take a keener interest in traditional Korean attire as well.
I think that's enough schooling for today lol. There are also 8 beauties of Hanbok that are really interesting but that shall be for another card.
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