The Korean hanbok represents one of the most visable aspects of Korean culture.
The top part called a jeogori is blouse-like with long sleeves with the men's version beinglonger, stretching down to the waist. Women wear skirts (chima) while men wear baggy pants (paji). Commoners wore white, except during festivals and special occassions such as weddings. Clothes for theupper classes were made of bright colors and indicated the wearer's social status. Various accessories such as foot gear, jewelry, and headdresses or hair pins completed the outfit.
Children’s clothesEvery day children's clothes were designed to keep babies warm. Families dressed their child in bright clothes and quilted socks for his or her first birthday (Tol), a tradition that has continuedto the present day.
The clothes for the dol include a cheonbok (long blue vest) worn over a durumangi and a bokkeon (black hat with a long tail). Words and symbols related to children were sewn ontothe fabric. Originally, the clothes were only for sons of the yangban class.
They also wore ceremonial head gear. The groom wore a black hat, while the bride wore a veil coveringher face until halfway through the ceremony. Additionally, she wore a long hair pin.
The costume to the left depicts the clothes worn by the bride-to-be when the future groom delivers the ham to thebride's family. The ham was originally a box from the groom containing red and blue silk that was to be used to make a dress. It also had various other gifts for the family such as bedding, money,charcol, or food. The family would then offer the bearer of the ham food and some money for travel expenses. In recent years, the tradition has degenerated into the groom and his friends demanding largesums of money for delivering the ham, then spending all the money getting drunk.
White represents purity, integrity, and chastity, and was the most common color for common clothes. The upper...
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