Korean people used to wear traditional Hanbok on daily basis. This beautiful garment has a deep history. And today the modernization has transcends this garb into much comfortable and stylish avatar.
Hanbok itself means, “Korean Clothing”. It mainly has 2 main pieces, the upper piece and the bottom piece. For both men and women, the upper piece of this garb which basically is a jacket and is called, Jeogori. The bottom piece for women is a long, skirt which is called Chima, men has comparatively bigger and broader pants called, baji. The Hanbok is a very comfortable dress. The baggy silhouette provides maximum comfort of movement. The dress was said to be influenced be the nomadic tendencies of Korean People in that era. The origins of the Hanbok have its traces in Goguryeo Dynasty, which is one of the main three ancient kingdoms of Korea.
The Design of the Dress
There has been no significant changes in the design or pattern of the Hanbok. Just a few small changes made according to the cultural impact. Like, during the Mongol Empire reign in 13th century, due to the Mongolian influence, the jeogori for women was cropped into a shorten version that was above the waist. During the Joseon Dynasty, the social strata made a bit of influence in the design of the Hanbok. Commoners were restricted to use only cotton fabric and white colour for their clothing whereas the Royals lavishly wore bright and vibrant colours in silk fabric.
The Modern Hanbok
Now a days, Hanbok is confined to special and formal occasions only like marriages, New Year etc. But recently, a gorgeous change has been seen in the country, where young couples are wearing Hanbok, thanx to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, Hanbok Tours, where the couples/people are supposed to wear the traditional Hanbok while taking the tour. The traditional Hanbok has adopted few modern twists. Where a lot of street-style and modern styles are getting adopted. Vibrant colours and quirky details and jazzing up this traditional attire.
The designers of the country are experimenting with the fabric as well. Now denim and gingham has become one of the most sort after fabric for making Hanbok. Ven the global brands like Dior is taking influence from the Royal Imperial patterns for their empire-waist gowns.
Hanbok seems to be coming back in fashion. Women have started already experimenting with colours, styles, make and patterns while men are still a bit reluctant in experimenting. Still this one garment always reminds of beauty and value of this rich country.
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