Korean Aesthetic Consciousness and Colour Preference in Clothing Style

Nakyung Shin


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.


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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