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Hanbok is Korean traditional clothing. It is handed down from ancient Korean times, but today’s Hanbok is similar to the style during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
Since Korea has abundant materials for making dyes, rich colors are expressed through Hanbok. The vivid colors of Hanbok play an important role to express the beauty of Hanbok with its relatively simple style.
It is very appropriate for the floor-sitting life style in Hanok, Korean-style Housing, and is good on everyone regardless to the body shape with its volume.
Women’s Hanbok is basically made up for ①Jeogori(the upper garment), ②Chima(skirt), ③sokbaji and ④sokchima(underpants and under skirt), and ⑤beoseon(socks). Put on sokbaji and sokchima first, beoseon next, and wear Jeogori after wearing Chima. When you put on Chima, the left end should be on and tie the strap at the front. You can put on Durumagi as the outer garment.
Men’s Hanbok is composed of ①Sokgoui, ②Jeogori, and ③Baji(Pants). Put on underwear and Sokgoui first, and wear Baji; adjust the waist size by folding it to the left from the center at the front. Put on Jeogori, and wear ④beoseon and tie ⑤daenim around your ankles.
One hundred years ago, Koreans wore "Hanbok" in general life, but today they don't usually wear them. Koreans at present time put on Hanbok usually on the special occasions such as weddings and traditional holidays. Compared with the long length and complicated way to wear the traditional one, Hanbok adjusted to modern life has shorter length and it is much easier to put on or move. There are many kinds of SangHwal Hanbok(Daily Life Hanbok) and people still love their traditional clothes. The Korean designers have constantly introduced Hanbok to the international fashion shows such as Pret-a-Porte in France, and people around the world are showing their interests on Hanbok.
Hanbok and Accessories
4. Ayam(Jobawi) Many women put Ayam on the head wearing the Saenghwal Hanbok(modern-style Hanbok) nowadays. It covers the forehead to ward off the cold. There is also Ieom to protect the ears against the cold. They were used from the Joseon Dynasty(1392 – 1910).