Dressing Customs of Korea


The dressing customs of Korea were created and developed by the Korean nation from ancient times.

Korean clothes came into being in ancient times and they have assumed clear aspects as national costumes while preserving their traditional features. Their partial structures have been made more beautiful and changed into various forms according to the times in their development.

Paji(trousers) and Jogori(jacket) are the main clothes for men and Chima(skirt) and Jogori(jacket) for women.


Doctor Jo Hui Nam, Section Chief of the Folklore Institute under the Academy of Social Sciences, says: “The traditional dressing customs of the Korean people have been steadily carried forward and developed while supplementing new elements along with the development of the socio-history in the long period of the middle and modern ages. They showed clear differences in the clothes for men and women from the Feudal Joson Dynasty, mainly in the length of jackets. Men’s jacket nearly remained unchanged as compared with the previous period, but the women’s was shortened up to the breast.”

Korean clothes further developed during the Feudal Joson Dynasty that existed between 1392 and 1910. They were made more beautiful and practical in keeping with the constitution, sentiment and life style of the Korean people and fixed as national ones.

The main structure and forms of the national clothes are very unique and their patterns and colours represent strong national character.

Serene yet speculative, gentle yet graceful forms and colours of the clothes reflect well the taste and character of the Korean people who like decency and simplicity.

The dressing customs of Korea with a long tradition were registered as a state intangible cultural heritage and the tailoring techniques of Korean clothes are further developing to meet the aesthetic sense of the times and diverse demands of the people.

Categories: Culture, History, Narrated

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