Hanbok, which has nomadic roots in northern Asia, was originally designed to facilitate ease of movement. The fundamental structure of hanbok, specifically the jeogori (jacket), baji (pants) and the chima (skirt), was established during the Goguryeo Kingdom (37 BCE- 668 CE), and the design features have remained relatively unchanged to this day.
Hanbok can be classified into ceremonial and everyday dress, and then further categorized by gender, age and season. Regardless of the differences in these classifications, the basic aesthetic framework of all hanbok is centered around the Korean fondness for naturalness, desire for supernatural protection and blessings, and the Confucian style dress code.
The general design of hanbok aims to create a delicate flow of lines and angles. Similar to the soft, sloping eaves of hanok – traditional Korean houses – the balance of the curved baerae (bottom line of the jacket’s sleeves) with the sharp angles of the dongjeong (creased white lining of the jacket’s collar) illustrates the softness and elegance of traditional Korean aesthetics.