Hanbok – The Korean Wear

 

We all have our share of liking for traditional dresses. They can never go undesired. In today’s post I am going to talk about Hanbok, literally meaning Korean clothing. But Hanbok is not just any Korean clothing with a history from the Joseon dynasty.

On reading a bit about Korean culture and its history I learned that the upper class of the society, which included rulers and aristocrats wore a different kind of dressing style whereas commoners opted for Hanbok. The fabric for commoners were restricted to cotton only by law, whereas the privileged class of King, Queen and their court members experimented with numerous kinds of Silk for winter, spring and autumn season and preferred high quality light cotton fabric for warmer days.

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During the course of history very minor or negligible alterations were made to this dress by foreign influences. By and large this attire remains as it was during its historical time. The only visible impact was made by Mongolian culture when a Mongolian princess had got married to a Korean king.

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Interestingly, colors and prints too had different meanings or significance. For example a woman who wore a Hanbok, of a deep shade of blue implied she is a mother whereas only members of royal family only could wear Hanboks with golden leafs printed on the lower part of the long skirt. Koreans say that a Hanbok looks most beautiful when the wearer practices traditional etiquettes.

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The other name for Hanbok in the other Korea is Chosŏn-ot. Hope both the nations and the dress have one name someday.

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