This book introduces the history of Korean clothing culture through 21 interesting topics and with interesting writing and illustrations.
- Book Intro
As the subtitle "History of Korean Clothing Culture" implies, the book examines the history of Korean clothing in this single picture book. In particular, the book covers twenty-nine interesting topics as to why, how, and what we, as the "dressed animals," have lived in so far since the ancient Paleolithians first stripped off animal fur to dress in. The thing that makes this book more interesting is refined, detailed illustration.
This book covers not only the characteristics and transitions of our clothing, represented by jeogori (traditional Korean jacket), pants, skirts and durumagi (traditional Korean overcoat), but also accessories including hats, shoes, and jewelry, the changes in the composition and style of clothing, the changes in manufacturing techniques of materials including cotton, fur and silk, and the other aspects of clothing culture, such as worldview, aesthetics, customs, trend, and exchange with and acceptance of foreign cultures. And more interesting is that the book starts with the fundamental question, "Why do people wear clothes?" Reflecting on the function and role of clothes, the book lets us ponder what clothes are and what they mean in our lives.
The book makes a new attempt of looking at the universality and particularity of our clothing in the context of the world's clothing history. Since the Paleolithians began to sew leather, and the Neolithic acquired the weaving skills, humans have combined these two techniques, sewing and weaving, to make clothes and adapt them to their climate and environment. The author explains this process through vivid illustrations. With the pleasure of seeing traditional costumes from around the world, including a clothing wrapped around a waist or shoulder, poncho-like clothes with two pieces of cloth over the head, one-piece clothing such as the tunic, and clothes worn like a kaftan or durumagi, the book provides a glimpse into the basic structure and system of clothes.
The book tells us that the pants and skirts, often considered to be different clothing for men and women, actually represent northern nomadic and southern agricultural cultures, respectively. It also persuasively argues that traditional forms of Korean clothes, ''clothing with right (left) side folded over left (or right) side" and "clothing divided into upper and lower clothes," were influenced by the northern nomadic culture, unlike in neighboring China or Japan.
- About the Author
Hong Nayoung (F) studied Fashion and Textile at Ewha Womans University and received her doctorate from the graduate school of the same university. She is interested in the application and promotion of the heritage of clothing as well as the history of clothing culture. Books written by Hong include A History of Women's Hats; Making Hanbok; Korean Clothes and Ornaments; Traditional Asian Costumes; and The History of Korean, Chinese and Japanese East Asian Costumes (co-author).
(English) Lee Jangmee likes observing and painting family members and plants. In Jirisan Mountain, the backdrop of We Live, there are a variety of plants and animals living, adapting to nature. It was a time when Lee was amazed by them. She is the author and illustrator of Suddenly, Tears and The Morning Glory That Went to the Moon. She has also illustrated a number of books, including Goats, Did You Sleep Well?; Book of Rituals: The Treasure of the Joseon Dynasty; The Story of New Ilhan; and If It Weren’t for You.