April 21, 2021
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Dressmaker with forte in promoting harmony of colours

Date: 26/02/2021 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

The traditional Korean costume of chima (skirt) and jogori (jacket) is noted for elegance and also diverse according to the quality of materials, arrangement of colours and patterns.

The annual national Korean costume show which is held amid great interest of many demonstrates its growing popularity and demand from women.

The exhibition displays best national dresses made by excellent Korean dressmakers.

Among them is Kim Myong Hwa (pictured), chief of the Central District General Tailor Shop, who has taken the first place in the casual wear division since the 13th national Korean costume show in 2015.

She is especially good at blending such soft and bright colours as white, light pale yellow and jade green. Her chima and jogori always satisfy the tastes of clients.

She pays special attention to sustaining the national character and meeting the modern sense of beauty in making dresses.

“Best aesthetic effects can be achieved when colours are arranged as neutral. When different elements of the Korean dress including the cuffs are done in the neutral colour chosen by customers, a soft and beautiful colour scheme is achieved,” Kim said.

Thousands of photos of flowers she shot are enough to tell how hard she worked to attain perfect colour combination.

The flower designs on her recently-made dress are of the same line as the ground colours of the clothes and yet they are paler or slightly deeper, and the leaves and stems are unique in colour. “In order to enhance the elegance of chima and jogori, I tried to represent flowers in nature, not artificial ones. So I embroidered flowers, leaves and stems by adopting different colours according to incidence and reflective surfaces,” said the couturier.

The creation entered the rankings at the national sci-tech festival in 2019.

“Women constantly order the traditional costume. To meet their demands, we have to rack our brains to come up with new ideas,” she added.

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