To Preserve Tradition and Beauty of Korean Costume


Researchers work to standardize the designs and processing methods of traditional costume at the Garment Research Institute under the Academy of Light Industry.

The Garment Research Institute of the Academy of Light Industry is channelling efforts into standardizing the design and processing method of Korean costume.

“Our institute has newly threw light upon various technical problems arising in the creation of designs and the processing of Korean costume,” said Kim Myong Sil, chief of the office of Korean costume.

The institute added a special touch of refined beauty by updating the techniques of making the trimming line of jogori and the lower part of a sleeve while preserving well the formal factors peculiar to Korean costume including collar, breast-tie and collar strip.

Researcher Choe Hyang Mi pictured flowers in the lining for skirt and jacket, which was harmonized by light pale yellow and light pink colours favoured by Korean women and embroidered full-blown apricot blossoms on the surface coating. Thus, she came up with the design of bridal dress and the processing method which promoted the cubic effect of costume like an art work.

Besides, the institute standardized the designs of holiday clothes for men and women, including tangui (ceremonial dress) and paeja (women’s waistcoat) promoting the women’s beauty of line, magoja (Korean jacket worn over upper garment) and turumagi (overcoat) and children’s rainbow-coloured jacket.

On the other hand, much time and energy is spent to creating the design of men’s paji (trousers) and jogori (jacket).

After making an in-depth research into the data of men’s attire, the institute created the designs of paji and jogori in close contact with Pyongyang Jang Chol Gu University of Commerce, Pyongyang University of Fine Arts, Korean Folklore Museum and other units related to Korean costume and offered a prize for them on several occasions.

It further diversified the colour matching of upper part of jogori and paji and the colour selection of sleeveless jacket and turumagi as it completed the processing technique which subdivided all the structural elements as the position, width and length of breast-tie, gusset and collar and the tailoring of trousers.

It also perfected the standardized technical indices badly needed for the design and processing of wedding clothes of young people and the holiday clothes of middle-aged and old people.

It is pressing on at the final stage with the writing of book for design, layout and processing methods of Korean costume.

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