What Was Hanbok Traditionally Made Of?

Written by on June 10, 2020 in Stuff with 0 Comments

Each culture has its specified costume, which differentiates them from the rest of the world. In South Korea, the special cultural costume is called hanbok, and the same apparel is called Joseon-ot in North Korea. Its colors and simple lines primarily characterize this kind of clothing. It specifies the Joseon period's clothing and is worn as formal or semi-formal wear during traditional celebrations or festivals today.

What hanboks are made of?

When it comes to men and women, there are different parts of hanbok. For women, it comprises of four different parts. The first one is called Jeogori, which is also the upper portion of the hanbok. In general terms, it is a jacket. Then you have Otgoreum, which are mainly two ribbons, which are closely knotted to the jacket. The third part of women's hanbok is Dongjeong, which is also called the white-collar. The primary aim of this part is to highlight the wearer’s neck. And the last part is Chima or a skirt.

Now for men, hanbok is traditional quite simple and made of four different parts as well. It has a baji, which is a large pant. Then there is a traditional hat, called Gat and a traditional core called Durumagi. This coat is usually worn for some special events like mentioned above. Then you have socks to complete the apparel designed for not only men but also for women. The socks are called Beoseon.

A complete hanbok look:

It is vital to remember that hanbok is not just about covering your body, but also your head. Men and women are seen wearing long braids before getting married. Once the braid is made, the hair is then knotted in topknot at the top of the head for men and as a low bun for women. To make that bun stay at a place, and also to work out as a decoration, a pin will be used. The length and material of the pin will change as per the class ranking of women.

Hanboks based on society’s status:

If you ever get the chance to visit the Korean Hanbok Store, you will be amazed to find many different types of hanbok. Now the question is why. You will come across various such clothing options, which differentiate based on the status in society. Nowadays, you will find different types of hanboks, worn during various events.

  • The first birthday of a child is known as dol and is celebrated to wish a successful and long life ahead. For that, you have special Dolhanbok made especially in these traditional stores.
  • Then you have the Hoegabyeonhanbok. It is worn to celebrate the 61st wedding anniversary of parents. Here, children will take the initiative to organize a party, and here, the entire family will be seen flaunting these clothes.
  • Hollyebok is the most famous one and often called the wedding hanbok. This piece of traditional clothing is well-embellished with decorations and ornaments. It is different from that traditional hanbok.
  • Myeongjeolhanbok is yet another special type of hanbok worn during Lunar New Year. Here, the children will show their respect towards parents and prostrating in front of them. Both the children and their parents will be seen wearing his form of hanbok at such events.

It was in the year 1996 when the South Korean government created a “Hanbok Day.” The primary goal was to boost Koreans’ admiration for the hanbok and to encourage them to wear their traditional outfits and pay respect to their culture. With more people moving towards modern lifestyle nowadays, it becomes seriously difficult to see people wearing hanboks daily. But, even to this date, a special event is considered incomplete without traditional attire.

You are most welcome to visit the official stores, and they will show you the variety available. With changing time, there have been new varieties that included the list, and some will surely catch your attention! So, go through all of them to understand more about such outfits.

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