Today is the turn of some of the historical costumes displayed in the Korean Folk Museum in Seoul, South Korea. If you're ever in the city, this place is worth of visit a thousand times over. It's free to go in has many fascinating displays of various aspects of Korean life, mostly from pre-Modern times. There's so much for any textile fan, but also plenty to interest family members and friends.
One of the main display halls is dedicated to the life cycle, starting with childhood, moving through marriage and even showing traditional funeral customs and artefacts! Here we'll start with a look at the traditional wedding party.
Did you notice in the photo above, that the groom is wearing an embroidered panel on the front of his hanbok? The museum holds quite a collection of these and a few of them follow.
Let's now move on to some of the cute little costumes for children. As you can see, they mirror the adult versions quite closely.
Waving us a farewell is a lady in a relatively simple, everyday hanbok. These can still be bought in Korea and several of the assistants in museum shops etc were wearing this kind of dress. Lovely to see such beautiful traditions being kept alive!
Thank you for your visit! I hope you enjoyed it.=)
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2013