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Saturday, March 26, 2011


Hanbok is Korean traditional costume with some of basic colour, each colour has a symbolic meaning.
Hanbok colour symbolic :
Red colour means north and fire.
Black colour means north and water.
Blue colour means east and tree.
White colour means west and gold.
Yellow colour means center and ground.

Gold symbolizes as an emperor can not be used for commonly people.
And the colour gradation means an age too, it is very unique, youth often use vivid violet, middle age often use deep violet and dark violet is used for old people.

In Joseon dynasty, cloth style, color and accessories were representative of social class, but now, we can see various colour of Hanbok, and it is a matter of taste ^^

Children's hanbok :

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Women's hanbok :
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Jeogori are rather short and characterized by curved lines and delicate decorations.
Dongjeong The dongjeong refers to a white collar attached along the rim of the neckline.
Otgoreum (Cloth Strings) is a women’s ornamental piece, which hangs vertically across the front of the chima (women’s skirt).
Baerae (Jeogori Sleeve) refers to the lower lines of the sleeve of either the jeogori (traditional jacket), or the magoja (outer jacket). It features a circular line which is naturally curved, similar to the line of the eaves of the traditional Korean house.
Chima is the women’s outer skirt. There are different kinds of chima: single-layered, double-layered, and quilted. Pul-chima refers to a chima with a separated back, whereas a tong-chima has a seamed back.

Men's hanbok :

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Durumagi  :
The durumagi is a traditional overcoat worn on special occasions over the traditional jacket and pants.

Baji refers to the lower part of the men’s hanbok. Compared to western style pants, it does not fit tightly. The roomy nature of the cloth is due to a design aimed at making the cloth ideal for sitting on the floor.
Kkotsin refers to silk shoes on which flower patterns are embroidered. They play an important role in completing the graceful line of the lower rim of the chima.

writer : Maria Margareta
Women and hen hanbok details source :

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