Learn about Korean traditional accessories, which are the beautiful objects that decorate our bodies and, at the same time, great historical symbols that tell the atmosphere of the times. Meet the fictional character "Myeongdamjeong," the most fashionable person of the Joseon Dynasty. This is a fun picture book that explores the various uses and types of traditional Korean accessories with elegance and beauty.
- Book Intro
When watching historical Korean dramas, the most interesting and eye catching points after the story line are the beautiful Hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) worn by the characters and the beautiful accessories with unique personalities. That's why the old accessories in the historical dramas are often popular, and some Korean hairpin (binyeo, or Korean ribbon called daenggi) featured in drams are sold out. However, traditional accessories are not mere beautiful things. It is because many historical facts are hidden in the materials and patterns used in jewelry. Have You Ever Seen such a Beautiful Daenggi? is a picture book that presents the Joseon's representative accessories and its beauty. The story is simple. The fictional character, Myeongdamjeong goes seeking a woman wearing norigae and embroidered daenggi at the request of a gentleman. At the same time, through ornaments that symbolize the social atmosphere and life of the Joseon Dynasty, the book offers a better understanding of the life of our ancestors, as seen in historical dramas.
- About the Author
(English) As a child, Kang Hyomi wanted to be a hero and save the planet. She couldn’t save the Earth and couldn’t be a hero, so she became a writer instead and writes stories about small heroes. She graduated from the Department of Creative Writing at Dongguk University, and has written books such as Common Siblings, Uncommon Diaries 1-3; Bbangidang vs. Guwoddeu; The End of Orangutan Humans; Champion of the Korean Language; A Cat’s Art Museum; My Neighborhood Laundry that Irons out Dreams; and the Chat Girl series.
Na Sueun (F) started working as an illustrator after graduating from Hanyang University. While illustrating this book, she became fascinated by the charm of traditional Joseon Dynasty accessories that were sometimes subtle, sometimes gorgeous and graceful. Her illustrated books include The Starlight Camping with Circus Clowns; Dalai Lama's Life Class for Teens; The World Map Book for Children; The Honey Flavor; and Vendredi, Wild Life.