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WINTER 2008 Vol.22 No.4
Kimchi
Beauty of Korea
Byeoru (Ink Stone)
Background and Development of Korean Kimchi
Kimchi Ideal Health Food for a Well-being Lifestyle
Regional Influences Create Wide Varieties of Kimchi
Sharing Kimchi with Consumers Around the World
Seoul Hosts XXII World Congress of Philosophy 2008
Poet Ko Un “I am my own future!”
Archery Craftsman Yoo Young-ki Blends Strength with Resiliency
Elegant Earthenware Figurines Reveal Silla’s Spirituality
Magnum Korea Exhibition Images of Korean Society’s Diversity
Kevin O’Rourke Passionate Translator of Korean Literature
Sung Shi-yeon A Humble yet Forceful Presence at the Podium
Jeongseon’s Natural Beauty Endures the Passage of Time
Yaksik Rice Cake Tasty and Healthy Treat
Korea Delivers with Speed and Agility
Dance of Exorcism at the Fringe of Existence
SPRING 2006 Vol.20 No.1
  Beauty of Korea
  Norigae
 
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From long ago, whenever Korean women wore a hanbok, Korea’s traditional attire, it was invariably adorned with norigae, a kind of knotted pendant accessory. Women of all social classes cherished norigae, including members of the royalty and aristocracy (yangban) as well as commoners. Elaborate norigae, with large ornaments, were worn for royal court ceremonies and family celebrations, whereas less formal events called for simpler versions. Treasured norigae would be passed down from mother to daughter-in-law as precious family heirlooms.
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Evidence of norigae-like accessories dates as far back as the New Stone Age, when they served as talismanic objects to ward off evil and symbols of good fortune. During various periods of Korean history, norigae ornaments symbolized the wearer’s desire to attain happiness and fulfillment. For example, fish-shaped ornaments were associated with fertility and abundance. Norigae with eggplant-shaped ornaments, which represented the male organ, would be attached to undergarments in the hope of the wearer bearing a son. A grape-shaped norigae was said to express a yearning for family members to live together in peace and harmony. And a norigae with an ornament in the shape of a lotus, a traditional symbol of purity, reflected a commitment to lead an upright life, even under difficult circumstances.
 
 
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