This is me in hanbok 🙂 Hanbok is the traditional clothing worn by both women and men in Korea, usually on special occasions like New Year’s or Chusok, which is similar to Thanksgiving in the US.
When I met with my mom last weekend, I asked her to bring it back with her. It’s a little wrinkly because it has been in her attic for probably a couple of years now. I was given this hanbok from the daughter of an elderly woman who passed away a few years ago. I loved this little old woman like a grandmother. She passed with such grace and I will never forget her sweet spirit. I’m honored to keep this part of her.
I always wanted a hanbok since I started dating K. I inherited this one before he could buy me one. He was raised in a Korean household, but they were never big on traditional customs. He hasn’t had his own hanbok since he was a child. He probably thinks I’m weird for putting this on 😉
One day, I want to have one that is different colors on top and bottom. Anyway, I took it out of it’s neatly wrapped silk package and made the attempt to put it on. There are a lot of parts! You can’t see it all, but beneath the outer layer is two other layers of undergarments and a petticoat. It’s fun to wear though. I feel like a princess. I never have an occasion to wear it, so I thought I’d just put it on and have K take a picture of me. He took a good 10 shots and this is the only one I’m satisfied with haha. He doesn’t have the Megan touch when it comes to photography.
Let me introduce the basic parts of the hanbok. The top part is called the Jeogori. The big pretty bow is knows as the go-reum. This is not easy to tie if you don’t know how. I had to watch a video on Youtube to know what to tie it 🙂
The bottom part, or the skirt part, is called the chi-ma. I honestly wasn’t sure how to wear this thing, so I tied the straps from the front to the back. 😉
Here are the accessories:
Of course Chester had to be in the picture. He can’t leave anything alone 😉 The ornament is known as the norigae. I turned my back for a second and Chester had the looped end in his mouth… I realize that the norigae was supposed to be on the opposite side of the bow now that I’m looking at other pictures. Oh well, I wasn’t sure how to put it on anyway 😉 The socks are called beoseon. My favorite part are the shoes, ggotshin. They are so pretty and they look very cool when worn. I just can’t wear these shoes because the size is too small. She had small feet and mine are a bit bigger 🙂 Finally, that’s a cute little handbag that came with it. It has a name, but K doesn’t remember right now.
Well, this different from my usual posts, but I wanted to share a bit about a part of my life that I don’t share much about 🙂 That is, my life in a Korean and American household.
Thank you for reading!