Korean Aesthetic Consciousness and Colour Preference in Clothing Style

Nakyung Shin

Abstract


This study examines the Korean aesthetic consciousness of colour by focusing on the preference far white in clothing culture. A nation's symbolic use of certain colours develops over time as a tradition representing the national sentiment and philosophy of life. In this way, traditional colours not only influence the senses but also evoke ideas about a country's social customs. Far example, white clothes without bleaching, artificial processing, or fancy patterns have a simple and pure beauty. This paper discusses the Korean partiality toward such clothing as representative of the spiritual virtues of purity and holiness. A comparison is drawn with China and Japan, where traditional clothes feature other colours despite some shared concepts across the cultures, such as yin-yang and the five elements.


Keywords


Korean Aesthetic Consciousness; Colour Preference; Clothing Style; YinYang; Five Elements

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6639866

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