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Outfitted for Thanksgiving and Female Presidents: The Korean Hanbok – 1

Koreans have been exceptionally good at preserving many aspects of their cultural heritage, expecially their traditional outfit called the Hanbok. Hanbok literarily translates to “Korean clothing”.
 
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Another Aspect of the Korean cultural heritage that is well preserved and widely observed is their thanksgiving festival called Chuseok. And, as part of the Korean Thanksgiving celebration in Overpeck Park in New Jersey, renowned Hanbok Designer Kim Young-seok put on a fashion show that featured several of his hanbok designs.
 
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The hanbok worn by South Korea’s first female president, Park Geun-hye, during her inauguration was designed by Kim Young-seok. He is quoted to have said “I reminded myself that the entire world would see whatever the female president wears. Instead of stressing her femininity, I focused on portraying her as the country’s leader,”
 
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Hanboks generally symbolize luxury and feature vibrant colors as well as intricate oriental motifs on the the most delectable of silks. However, Kim Young-seok likes to depart from the traditional concept of the Hanbok and add contemporary styles and effects.
 
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The two basic components of a Hanbok are a high waist, full-length skirt and a cropped jacket worn using two long ribbons that are used to form a knot. Usually they are worn along with white socks and boat-shaped shoes. The fullness of the skirt, much unlike the close-fitting Kimono of Japan sheds some light on the conservative values indigent in ancient Korean culture.
 
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