What is a hanbok?

Each country has its own traditions, customs and national costumes. If you like the color of Korea, be sure to find out what hanbok is.

What it is?

Hanbok is a kind of national Korean style. From this language, the word translates as "Korean clothing." Such costumes were very popular a few decades ago, but even now the indigenous people of Korea, who honor traditions, have special feelings for traditional clothes.

Today, hanbok can be easily bought in specialized stores in Korea, but they are rarely used in everyday life, but they are often worn on special occasions. Koreans dress in such costumes at weddings, various festivals held in the country and folk festivals, children's birthdays, and national holidays. But the style is so interesting and distinctive that it has all the chances to take the former positions. By the way, fashion designers are already actively using the characteristic features of hanbok in their collections.

Main features

Consider the features of the hanbok:

  1. Free A-silhouette.In hanbok there is no clinging, which is due not so much to the preferences and mentality of the people of Korea, as to practicality. Initially, the costumes were sewn for all Koreans and were intended, inter alia, for performing daily activities. They rode horses, harvested, went shopping and so on. And the hanbok is really convenient.
  2. Wide sleeves that do not hinder movement.
  3. Lightweight, natural, breathable and flowing fabrics. They give the style a special charm, endow it with sophistication and refinement typical of Asian culture.
  4. Use multiple colors. Usually suits were sewn from monochromatic fabrics of several shades. And the color scheme initially had a special meaning and symbolized the status of the Korean. So, rich and bright clothes allowed themselves to representatives of the nobility. Ordinary people went in bright dresses, usually white.
  5. The decor in the form of embroidery. Usually the collars of jackets, cuffs of sleeves, skirts of skirts are expanded. Traditionally used floral motifs and beautiful overflowing silk threads.
  6. Elegance lines. Fabrics form soft falling folds, flow, do not create pronounced kinks.Due to this, the outfit looks elegant and elegant.
  7. Maxi length. Earlier, a more practical midi was used, but when the hanbok was no longer worn in normal everyday life, the skirts lengthened to the floor. Men's jackets also began to close most of the body.
  8. Presence of ties, bows. They are both on women's suits, and on man's. In the version for women, bows can decorate both the front part of the skirt in the chest area and the jacket.
  9. Monochrome fabrics are complemented by patterns. Plant motifs, images of animals and birds are used.

Female hanbok

The fashionable style from Korea hanbok is especially liked by the fair sex, and this is not surprising, because the traditional costume is very beautiful and unusual. It consists of two parts:

  • Chhima is a skirt that starts from the chest, has a flared hem and flows to the floor. The front can be located bow.
  • Chogori - a kind of blouse or a short jacket resembling a bolero. This part completely closes the hands and chest, usually has a scent and strings. The sleeves are wide, loose, sometimes flared. The canopy can be supplemented with a decorative ribbon in the neck and a knot, the ends of which fall along the hem.

Interesting fact! Modern variations of female hanbok are used in Korea as a school uniform.

Male option

In the men's suit, too, two components:

  • Paji (padzhi) - wide trousers with ties in the lower parts of the leg. The belt can also be tightened with ribbons, which allows you to customize the lower part of the suit in size.
  • There are several variations of the upper part. The first is a versatile Chogori jacket, but men's attire is freer and longer. The second variation is pho. This is a kind of outerwear, which used to be worn by men. Also, over the shirt, the representatives of the stronger sex can wear a chocky jacket or a thick magoja jacket. On special occasions, a beautiful turumagi coat is traditionally worn.

Accessories and shoes

Clothing is complemented by accessories:

  • Poson is special white socks with seams that can be decorated with embroidery.
  • Koktsin - shoes with silk tops, embroidered with floral patterns.
  • Another option shoes - shoes komusin. They are rubber, so they are suitable for everyday wear and weather.
  • Women usually wore caps of kachhe or chokturi.
  • Men could wear hats called kat, which were almost translucent and made of horsehair.

An important role was played by hairstyles.Women before marriage wove braids, after marriage it was decided to collect curls in a bun. Men who also had long hair tied them in a knot. In special cases, voluminous and complex hairstyles were created, and they were complemented by beautiful hairpins and long hairpins.

If you are interested in the Korean hanbok costume, you can try to buy it, order it or even sew it yourself. Such an outfit will surely attract rapt eyes.

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