Research on the Iconic Garment
Research on the Craft Media
The work presents a two dimensional form of Hanbok, Korean traditional dress, using Korean knotting technique. I chose Korean traditional dress as my chosen iconic garment because it is a big part of my culture and its history relates a lot to my family and myself. Whenever our family celebrates important days, we wore Hanbok to be formal and to show respect to the elders and ancestors. Although Hanbok is worn only on traditional occasions, it was worn as a daily outfit in the past, which is the reason we keep the tradition until now.
Since Hanbok is characterized by vibrant colors, I mainly used a rainbow colored thread and a red thread. Hanbok consists of Jeogori, which is the basic upper garment and Chima, which means “skirt” worn by women. I made the skirt and sleeves with colorful thread and the rest of the part in the middle with red, which is the most common color used in Hanbok.
Korean knotting technique is a traditional Korean handicraft, which can be made using one or two threads. In the past, this technique was used only for practical purposes like carrying or protecting something. However, from period of the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), knots were used as ornaments in accessories for actual decoration purposes. This technique was used to make a small decorating object that is hung in the middle of Jeogori, the upper garment, but for this project I decided to create the entire Hanbok using this technique.
The challenges I faced were making same knots over and over to create a skirt. Tying knots were actually really hard and making one of them took a lot of time. Since I had to make at least 20 knots, it was really challenging and needed lots of effort even though the Hanbok is in a small scale.
I think it was a meaningful experience for me because it was a completely new technique that I have never used before, and I got to know a deeper history and meanings behind Hanbok and the knotting technique. I think I succeeded in recreating two dimensional version of Hanbok by researching and thinking about new ways of designing the composition of Hanbok with different medium.