KPC3416-3419: The style of the hanbok

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(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 9 September 2019 KoreaPost issued a series of four stamps showing how the hanbok, the traditional clothes of Korea, changed over the centuries. The stamps were issued for the new first class postal rate of 380 won.

KoreaPost released the stamps in a commemorative (souvenir) stamp sheet of 16 (4×4) stamps of 380 won each, printed by Southern Colour Print for POSA:

Stamp sheet for series KPC3416-3419.

Stamps

The details of the stamp as listed at the time of this publication:

한복의 맵시

우표번호3416
종수4
발행량672,000
디자인1500년대
인쇄 및 색수평판/4도
전지구성4 × 4 (165mm × 185mm)
디자이너신재용
발행일2019. 9. 9.
액면가격380원
우표크기30mm×40mm
인면38.5mm×40mm
천공13¼ x 13
용지평판원지
인쇄처POSA(사우슨컬러프린트)

 

한복의 맵시

우표번호3417
종수4
발행량672,000
디자인1600~1700년대
인쇄 및 색수평판/4도
전지구성4 × 4 (165mm × 185mm)
디자이너신재용
발행일2019. 9. 9.
액면가격380원
우표크기30mm×40mm
인면38.5mm×40mm
천공13¼ x 13
용지평판원지
인쇄처POSA(사우슨컬러프린트)

 

한복의 맵시

우표번호3418
종수4
발행량672,000
디자인1800년대
인쇄 및 색수평판/4도
전지구성4 × 4 (165mm × 185mm)
디자이너신재용
발행일2019. 9. 9.
액면가격380원
우표크기30mm×40mm
인면38.5mm×40mm
천공13¼ x 13
용지평판원지
인쇄처POSA(사우슨컬러프린트)

 

한복의 맵시

우표번호3419
종수4
발행량672,000
디자인1900년대
인쇄 및 색수평판/4도
전지구성4 × 4 (165mm × 185mm)
디자이너신재용
발행일2019. 9. 9.
액면가격380원
우표크기30mm×40mm
인면38.5mm×40mm
천공13¼ x 13
용지평판원지
인쇄처POSA(사우슨컬러프린트)

KoreaPost released this text for this release:

Korea Post is issuing commemorative postage stamps to promote the exquisite beauty of the hanbok which the world has great admiration for and also to nurture Korea’s clothing culture.

While the hanbok has gone through a number of changes in keeping with the times, it is the only traditional attire in the world that has retained its fundamental structure. The mens hanbok is comprised of jeogori, baji, po, and gwanmo for the head. The most basic components of the womens hanbok are jeogori and chima while the full attire can be completed with the addition of the beoseon, a tie belt, and shoes.

Referring to the traditional clothing artifacts from the 16th to 20th centuries, we have created commemorative stamps that feature the transformations of the hanbok over time. As the hanbok signified the wearers social status in the 16th century, it was designed to impress, boasting both a great length and width, regardless of the wearers physique. Thus, after the Japanese invasion, the 17th century saw distinctively practical changes to the design of the hanbok. Jeogori was narrowed and shortened so that it hovered above the waist of the chima, which made it possible to produce more clothes with a lesser amount of material. In the later period of Joseon in the 19th century, through the reign of Yeongjo and Jeongjo, the design of the hanbok became more diversified while the basic structure consisted of a close-fitting jeogori and a wide bottom with the shape of a bell. A jang-ot, an outerwear worn by upper class women, acquired another use as the women began to wear it as a veil to cover their faces. On the other hand, in the 20th century, the types of jeogori were simplified, and the length of jeogori was shortened, indicating the wide popularity of such style in the early 1900s. This period featured the shortest jeogori in the history of the hanbok. In fact, it was shortened to such an extent that there appeared an article in the Jeguk Sinmun that said, (womens) Jeogori should be lengthened so as not to reveal any flesh.”

As Koreas traditional attire, the hanbok has gone through a series of transformations that reflect the prevalent living culture and circumstances as well as aesthetics of the time while still maintaining its graceful beauty and unique value. We hope that the issuance of these commemorative stamps will provide an opportunity to appreciate the importance and meaning of the hanbok.

The FDC cancellation is as follows:

FDCs (published by PostNews).

New issue leaflet

A new issue leaflet was also issued:

New stamp issue leaflet

And finally, the set of images for the online campaign:

All relevant text and images in page copyright: 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost

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Ivo Spanjersberg
Currently KSS Publisher/Webmaster, previously KSS Chairman (2018-2019). Living in Amsterdam. I collect Korean revenue stamps, see my website:
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2 thoughts on “KPC3416-3419: The style of the hanbok

    1. The KSS does not sell any stamps, we are merely listing new Korean stamp issues for philatelic purposes. If you would like to buy (recent) Korean stamps you can buy them directly from KoreaPost (Korean Philatelic Center/KPC) on their international website at http://koreastamp.go.kr/

      Experience has taught us that due to the technology used in KoreaPost’s international website you will need to use a Microsoft web-browser if you want to order from that website. However, just looking at the philatelic information can be done with any web-browser.

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