People still wear hanboks for cultural reasons such as celebrating a Korean baby’s first birthday and showing respect to elders and family members during the Lunar New Year. However, these traditional clothes that were only used for traditional occasions are now becoming adopted worldwide due to a recent Hanbok movement project.
Boy Hanboks Redesigned as New Hanbok Project Gains Steam
Boy hanboks have long been considered to be for special events, but there’s now another option out there thanks to the New Hanbok Project. This project is possible through the Korean Hanbok Advancement Center and it’s gaining a lot of attention lately. Teaming up with many famous designers, this project is aimed at making hanbok a fashion trend all over the globe. There will be new designs released for both men and women, which means that boy hanbok is going to see redesigns of classic traditional Korean culture.
The New Hanbok Project aims to redesign hanbok into clothing items that can be trendy, but yet at the same time show that hanbok can be a style for all cultures. While traditional hanbok will always have a place in the culture, the redesigns are geared towards the current generations, such as updating the boy hanbok for a more progressive look. These modernized hanboks are commonly referred to as modern boy hanboks and they are being adopted and worn by Korean celebrities which have influenced their follows to follow suit.
Famous Korean pop bands like BTS are regularly seen wearing modern hanboks to advance the awareness of Korean culture to their fans which is seeing a global effect. Korean online stores that were once start-up e-commerce such as Joteta Korean Online Store are thriving and growing exponentially due to the heavy increase in demand for modern hanboks.
Boy hanbok used to be worn for festivals, ceremonies, and celebrations, but it can now be worn to school or out playing with friends with these updated designs. In essense, modern hanboks have become casual wear for anytime and with the adoption of hanbok , other bystanders who are curious about this new style of clothing are asking what they are and unintentionally learning a piece of Korean culture. The New Hanbok Project is hoping that it can convey that the future is now and hanbok has a place in the future of fashion for children and adults not just in Korea but worldwide. Modern hanbok is becoming more popular in Korea, and it’s also becoming a trend for American and other countries.
In modern clothes, colors merely represent the wearer’s taste in fashion. It’s not too common that you will come across another individual wearing clothes that have colors with an underlying meaning.
With hanboks, it’s the opposite. Traditional hanboks were categorized by color and each color had a unique representation. Modern hanboks too are made with different colors in mind to hold the same unique representation that traditional hanboks carried.
There are multiple colors of hanboks available and boy hanboks also have several more options than in the past. As we move forward with redesigns and new hanbok creations, it’s going to be important to remember what each of the colors signifies in the Korean culture.
- Sky blue can be found in many boy hanbok items and it signifies clearness, purity, and luxury.
- You’ll find pink mostly in female apparel but it symbolizes femininity, kindness, and love.
- Red and yellow combined represents someone who is a strong person but has a positive and friendly attitude.
- Pink and yellow combined mean optimism and femininity.
- Blue means east, which is where it all begins and where the sun rises out of each day.
- Red is symbolizing strong vitality and it means full of positive energy. Vitality could be blood, fire, and the sun.
- Green is a representation of the youth.
- Orange is enthusiasm, happiness, and fascination. It’s also determination and creativity.
All of these colors are still going to be represented in the updated designs of boy hanbok and other hanbok items. These colors are meaningful to the Korean people and the significance will not be lost on the designers that are a part of The New Hanbok Project, according to the group itself.
And with the New Hanbok Product ongoing, a rise of Korean eCommerce have occurred which may also indirectly promote Korean awareness globally.