Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Traditional Costumes of Koreans, Uzbeks and Karakalpaks

Many of my Korean friends have been asking me whether we have a hanbok in Uzbekistan. Definitely, we do. Some of my Uzbek friends also ask me what people wear in Korea. I put together pictures of traditional clothes of Korean, Uzbek and Karakalpak people. 
Male traditional costumes in Korea, Uzbekistan and Karakalpakstan (respectively)
Korean traditional costume, 'hanbok', can be of various colors as shown above. For Uzbek and Karakalpak cases the costumes are a bit similar and called 'shapan'. The official clothes, such as for weddings are embroided with gold as in the second column pictures. Common people wore shapan, that is made from simple fabric. Men wear 'taqiya' the hat on their heads.
Female traditional costumes in Korea, Uzbekistan and Karakalpakstan (respectively)
Women in Uzbekistan and Karakalpakstan are also supposed to cover their heads. They wear 'oramal' (rumol).

You have to note that these clothes are NOT worn in daily life these days. People dress up in these during special ceremonies (like weddings and national holidays). Although, historically, in all countries people wore them in everyday life.



  1. Nice clothes. I especially like the hat of the karakalpak guy. :)

  2. Nice, the model can be better if you replace yourself with model :P

  3. @Abrar: Great idea! I will put a pic of me in that clothes ;)

  4. @Andrii: wearing that hat can make your neck stronger and bigger ;-)

  5. The ethnic groups of Korea and Uzbek are same and they have some similarities if you want to explore those nation get flight from Uzbekistan airways i am sure you gonna love to fly with this precious air line.

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