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The Style of the Hanbok
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Date of Issue : 2021.11.18
Types : 4
Denomination : 430 won
Design :
Stamp No. : 3556
Printing Process
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Size of Stamp : 30 × 40
: 4 × 4
Image Area : 28.5 × 40
Paper : null
Perforation : 13¼ × 13
Printer : POSA
Designer : Shin, Jae-yong
Quantity : null
Hanbok is not only a part of traditional Korean culture, but has also recently become a new part of the Korean Wave on a global scale. It is trending across various media with even celebrities wearing hanbok on national holidays and special occasions. Since 2019, Korea Post has continued to issue commemorative stamps featuring men and women’s hanboks from different time periods. This year, Korea Post is issuing a new version of the commemorative stamp series The Style of the Hanbok featuring handmade hanboks for children worn from infancy to adolescence. Children have traditionally been protected and loved by adults as they were thought to be full of infinite possibilities while also considering their physical weakness and social vulnerability. Parents even made their children’s clothes by hand, stitch by stitch, based on their unconditional love. These traditional children’s clothes contained parents’ hopes of their children growing up into healthy and respectful adults. This newly issued commemorative stamp series referenced children’s clothes of the 19th and 20th centuries from the collection of Dankook University’s Seok Juseon Memorial Museum, and shows the changes of children’s clothes by growth period. Infants` clothes, such as baenae-jeogori with string goreum or podaegi made from adults’ clothes, contain the hope of them growing up and living long. Hanbok for infants features a newborn wearing baenae-jeogori and dureong-chima lying on a quilted podaegi full of their mother’s devotion. At a child’s first birthday, they were dressed in the best clothes of their time to celebrate their birth, life and future. Hanbok for toddlers features a baby wearing colorful saekdong sleeves and five-colored siltarae celebrating its first birthday. Bright and diverse colors, like yellow, green, pink, blue and jade, embody qualities unique to babies` growth until when they reach the age of 6, and are able to walk, are potty trained, and are learning about daily life. Hanbok for preschool-aged children features a girl wearing a yellow hoejang-jeogori, which was most common for female children, and a scarlet dahongchima. From the age of 7 to their coming-of-age ceremony, school-aged children were dressed in clothes that were considered essential for adulthood. During this time, children dressed like adults when participating in special ceremonies, rituals, events and parties. They also wore dopo, jungchimak, and durumagi. Hanbok for school-aged children shows a school-aged boy wearing a dongdari with a bokgeon on his head. Clothes for school-aged children were just smaller versions of adult clothes, and often times, were of identical designs. Examining traditional children’s hanbok, it is clear there are major differences depending on the growth period. But what’s more, hanboks overflow with parents’ infinite love. We hope this commemorative stamp series can help you enjoy the unique beauty of traditional hanbok made more adorable and lovely with children models.