Feb 7, 2009


The History and Characteristics of Han-bok

Han-bok consists of a blouse called Chogori and a pair of pants (for men), or a long skirt(for women). People wore a coat called Doo-roo-ma-ki for keeping the body warm or the ceremonial purpose.
The two-piece suit was the basic form of clothes of Northern horse-riding nomads as found in the ancient-tomb murals, and has been inherited till now.
The clothes reflected the social status, and people wore the clothes of different designs, patterns, and colors according to their social classes. For example, in the Choson Dynasty, the king wore the yellow dress, which represented the center of the Universe. The common people usually wore white-color clothes and that's why the Korean are called "the People of white clothes". Han-bok is characteristic of the subtle curves and a lot of blank spaces. women's Han-bok is composed of Chogori (a blouse) and Chima (a long bulky skirt). They wore several underwears inside the skirt and traditional socks called Beo-seon.
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Females put on a vest or a coat when they wanted to keep their bodies warm or went outside of home. Men's Hon-bok consists of Chogori and Paji (a pair of pants). They put on a belt around the waist and the bands around the ankles to fix the baggy pants on the body. There were also the vests and coats made for men.