I took part in creating the 2018 Hanbok Culture Week event as a member of the Korean Royal Costume Research Institute. The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
Hanbok is the name for Korean traditional clothing. Each piece is colorful and beautiful. Some of the people I worked with were worried that the new generation in Korea is shunning traditional hanbok in change for more westernized, trendy versions of hanbok-style clothes, and thinking of them as real hanbok. I could understand both sides of the issue, but as a young Korean I think it’s just inevitable that we try to make things hip and cool, even if it does mean tainting the original a bit. I guess it’s simply a cultural shift. If it contributes to greater interest in hanbok domestically and internationally then I think I’m cool with the ‘new hanbok’ styles.
It was a lot of work, but teamwork wins at the end of the day! Everyone was so professional, especially the seamstress experts who would fix any hem, loose string, or wrinkled cloth on all the costumes.
It’s such an honor to have been able to participate in the creation of an official hanbok event like this, and I hope to be involved in the further promotion of Korean traditional hanbok in the future, too.