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Growing number of Koreans enjoy making their own fashion hanbok Updated: 2017-10-05 12:15:32 KST

When people think of Korea's traditional costume, Hanbok, for women many would picture a long silk skirt with a jacket in one or two colors.

But Hanbok has been evolving ever since it was given a modern twist in the 60s, and now comes in many different fabrics and styles.

And lately, there's even been a growing number of people making their own.

This shop in Seoul's Jongno-gu district holds classes for people who want to learn how to make Hanbok for everyday wear.

From a man's jacket, or jeogori, that resembles a western-style dress shirt, to sleeveless dresses for ladies, they can show you how to make many different variations on Korea's traditional garments.

And there's a simple process anyone can follow.

First, trace the pattern on the fabric,. then cut it out.
Next, sew the different parts of the jacket or the skirt together, then iron all the edges and flatten the seams.

"Here's the finished handmade Hanbok. The orange floral pattern gives it a trendy feel, and having the top tucked under the skirt gives the Hanbok a much slimmer look."

While these Hanbok preserve the traditional designs like the collar, the choices of color and detail make them one of a kind.

"I like clothes with unique patterns, and making my own allows me to try different combinations. Plus, it's not easy to find a modern Hanbok suited exactly to my tastes, but these are made just for me."

The handmade hanbok sessions are popular not just with Koreans but with foreign tourists as well, so the designer hopes this will help make Hanbok more familiar to the rest of the world.

"It's a simpler way to make hanbok, and you can use fabric you find in everyday outfits like cotton and linen. So I hope people wear hanbok more often and spread it around the world."

Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.
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