Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Modernizing Korean Traditional Clothing (Hanbok)

Type       : Summary
Source   : Modernisasi Pakaian Korea (Novi Siti Kussuji Indrastuti – Kepala Pusat Studi Korea UGM)

Before western-style clothing influenced Korea, Koreans wore Hanbok as their daily clothing. But now, they wore the more flexible and practical cloth for their daily clothing and pull-off their hanbok in special occasion. Chuseok, Seollal, and 60th and 70th birthday are the common special days when they usually wear hanbok.
                  As national clothes hanbok reflects the Korean’s characteristics. Basically either woman and man clothes has 2 pieces. For woman, a kind of blouse called Cheogeori –similar with bolero- and Chima for the skirt. For Man, the Cheogori is a bit longer till the waist and a trousers called Baji. Each model and design of hanbok indicates gender, profession and social status of the wearer.
                  Combining  both modern aspect and traditional taste, Korean designers are playing with colours and lines to create a modern hanbok but still reflects the characteristics of Koreans.
                  Sharp-vertical-cutting is the favourite of most modern hanbok designers. The main principal of traditional hanbok is its minimalism of detail and decoration and also pastel colour that represents colour of sky.
The other traditional element of traditional hanbok is its bright-rainbow colours. Sol Yoon-Hyong is one of modern designer who combines the colours with skirt covered by plastic which symbolizes futuristic aesthetics.
                   There is also a creation that uses western clothing and hanbok itself as one outfit. Such as Turtle neck collar for the top and a vest for the outer. The cutting of the vest is similar with traditional one. Any unique creation of Hanboks are successfully catches fashion-observers’ eyes.
                  Lately, modern hanbok not only available in two-pices-outfits, but also the one-piece-outfits do exist. 


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