Han Style


One thing I find fascinating about Korea is the blend of traditional and modern culture. This lady is an employee at a historical village in Jeonju. She is wearing a traditional Korean outfit, known as 'Han-bok' clothing, while talking on a mobile phone during a break.

4 comments:

David said...

Tom, a Hanok is a traditional Korean house. The traditional clothing the lady is wearing is referred to as "Han-bo"

About Hanoks, have a look at http://www.kahoindong.com

haikarapaprika said...

Actually, the accurate spelling for the traditional dress, would be "han-bok" (han= Korean, bok= clothing). Because of the relationship between phonetics and Chinese characters, "Bo" can mean anything from protection/preservation to step.

This lady, like other employees at cultural centers in South Korea and China, is wearing her traditional national costume for her job. It is interesting to note that while this is also the case in Japan, many older and younger women wear "kimono" as a part of their daily life, and a way to express their individual style. However, "hanbok" are much more comfortable than "kimono," and does not restrict physical movement as much as the latter. Why aren't older and younger Korean women wearing "hanbok" as much as Japanese women who wear "kimono"? Food for thought.

haikarapaprika said...

Below is an amazon.co.jp link to one of the popular fashion books for "kimono" called KIMONO-hime (hime, meaning princess):

http://www.amazon.co.jp/KIMONO%E5%A7%AB%E2%80%95%E3%82%A2%E3%83%B3%E3%83%86%E3%82%A3%E3%83%BC%E3%82%AF-%E3%83%81%E3%83%BC%E3%83%97%E3%81%AB-3-Shodensha-mook/dp/4396820240/ref=pd_sim_b_2

Tom White said...

Thanks for the info - I meant to write 'Hanbok' - just missed a 'b' it seems...