Science behind the elegant Korean traditional attire of hanbok

Science behind the elegant Korean traditional attire of hanbok

Hanbok is a traditional Korean attire with
beautiful lines and colors. It is also known to contain the wisdom of
the nation’s ancestors. Kim Hyo-sun tells us more. Known for its simple lines and beautiful colors,…
hanbok, or traditional Korean clothing, is a cultural heritage with a history of over
15-hundred years. Aside from its stunning beauty,… hanbok
also contains the wisdom of Koreans who lived long ago. One hanbok feature that reflects this wisdom
is its flat-pattern drafting technique. By sewing together square-shaped pieces of
fabric of several sizes, usually silk,… this technique enables the hanbok-wearer to
move freely and comfortably. “While people generally have to fit themselves
into Western-style attire, hanbok is designed to fit each person, and that’s why it’s more
comfortable.” With hanbok, both men and women wear a traditional
type of sock,… called beoseon. The beoseon has an empty space in its tip,…
which helps air to flow and facilitates blood circulation. “When you wear the beoseon, you can slightly
lift your big toe while the other four toes can rest comfortably. The tip of the beoseon secures just enough
space to lift your big toe.” Hanbok for men consists of a top that closes
like a robe… and loose-fitting pants, which have ankle banks, called daenim. The daenim is known to make use of the secrets
of oriental medicine. “The ankle is the acupressure spot for three
organs – the liver, the spleen and the kidney. So tying the daenim around the ankle can protect
the body’s energy and help promote a balanced lifestyle.” The traditional attire of hanbok is not only
elegant but also scientific, taking into account the health of the wearer. Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.

One Reply to “Science behind the elegant Korean traditional attire of hanbok”

  1. It's called Hanbok because it originates from China, Hanbok literally means Han attire which corresponds to the Han dynasty of ancient China.

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