Category Footwear

THE JOSEON FASHION SHOW – FOOTWEAR SPECIAL PART 2 – SHOES

SINBAL 신발 (footwear) So after the longer hiatus caused by my holiday in Crete my new post focuses on the traditional Korean footwear which is a piece of art in its own right and holds many meanings just as hanbok. In the Joseon Dynasty, shoes were not only used as foot coverings and decorations, but also as indicators […]

THE JOSEON FASHION SHOW – FOOTWEAR SPECIAL PART 1 – SOCKS

BEOSEON (버선, socks) Beoseon was called the pair of the Korean traditional socks worn with hanbok for protection, warmth, and style. They are also called jokui (족의), jokgeon (족건) or mal (말) and according to a book Hunmong jahoe written by Choe Sejin in 1527, beoseon was called bosyeonmal (보션말). The exact date when beoseon first began to be worn isn’t known, however, the ancient beoseon is assumed to be a form extended from baji (trousers) or bojagi (보자기, wrapping […]