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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Korean/Asian Fabric desperately needed ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Korean/Asian Fabric desperately needed
Am attempting to make a Korean Hanbok...
Kathy Schleicher
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Date: 12/22/02 1:59 AM

WOW - just discovered this very AWESOME site!!  I am a total newbie here, so please bear with me??  :D  

I have at long last located a Ladies Korean Hanbok Pattern (ladies traditional Korean dress) at Folkwear.com - it just "arrived"...  :0   NOW my problem is finding actual types of Korean fabric for this project...!!  Sometimes silk is used, but primarily several layers of "gauzy" types of polyester are used - as well as a "tafetta-like" stiff underlining.  Also, sometimes cotton can be an option -- but first I want to make a  "fancy" dress.  (I have an 18 yr old son we adopted as an infant from Korea... We have been members of a Korean Church for a year now, and I would like to be able to "dress up" in something of my own, instead of the very kind ladies having to "scramble" to locate something to put together for me to wear - besides being much larger than these wonderful women tend to be!!  At times it has become a real trick for them to "outfit" me!! And my husband and son would like to dress "traditional" also, but have not been so fortunate.)

All that I have been able to locate on the web are  EXTREMELY expensive materials and "quasi" Korean or Asian-style fabrics.  Haven't had any luck locating fabric anywhere in the Chicago IL area.  And any outfits that I have been able to locate  have been waaaay over the top in cost -- like around $700-$1,000 each!!  The same also goes for the MEN'S Traditional outfits (also called Hanboks)...  And as yet I have not been able to locate any sort of pattern for them, either.   :(

I would really appreciate any suggestions or help here!!

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Date: 12/22/02 2:39 PM

Lakotakat,
I'm not sure where to find what you are looking for. Equilter.com has lovely brocades, reasonably priced, but I don't recall seeing the layered fabric you are describing. I wonder if you tried some of the silk sites, like supersilk.com and thaisilks.com?
I have seen fabric like this in NYC in the garment district, I think it was B&Js (which I believe has been reviewed here at patternreview). I don't know if you could telephone them or if you'd be willing to work that way...
I'll stay on the lookout, though, when I websurf.
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Date: 12/22/02 6:18 PM

Lakotacat,

Have you asked among the ladies at your church to find out if any sew, and, if so, where they get their fabric?

The Asian communities nearby me tend to have pretty insular shopping areas.  With someone from the community to escort me, though, I'm pretty sure I could find nearly anything closely associated with a given culture.  Would one of these ladies take you shopping, maybe?

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Date: 12/25/02 0:57 AM

I live in Tokyo and actually am going to a fabric store once I log off.  I will check and see what they have.  Also at one of the outlets of the gym I go to, there are a lot of second and third generation Koreans who live in Japan.  I actually do not know any of them personally, but a friend does and I am sure she could ask them where to buy material.  I suspect that the most inexpensive place to get the material you are looking for would be Korea and I might be able to find a route to get it.  Japan is starting to shut down for the New Year's holidays, so if you can wait until after the 6th or so of January, I can start asking around.

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Date: 12/25/02 7:18 AM

I don't know if Thai Silks would have what you are looking for.  They are pretty reasonable in their prices, but I don't know if they have the type of prints you are looking for.

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Date: 1/1/03 4:18 PM

Hi there!  What a great idea to make a hanbok!  I'm Korean and although I don't wear one very often, I think they are so beautiful. I have a friend whose mother owns a hanbok store in Queens, New York and I called and spoke with her about the fabric and she doesn't know of any places that will sell it retail.  She imports from Korea and it is quite expensive.  Having said that, I must say this:  despite its exhorbitant price, a hanbok can be considered an investment.  I have one passed down from my grandmother that she had made for her wedding.  When cared for very well, hanboks can become heirlooms, especially since they are so rarely worn.  And my friends mother says that hanboks are tricky to make because the fit around the bust has to be super accurate or else it looks weird.  That's especially true if you're busty at all, because hanboks are really made for that very thin, straight body type.  
So maybe you should consider buying one.  Everytime I wear mine, I feel a sense of history and closeness to my culture.  And it's cheaper than a trip to Korea!   :D
Good luck!  

-patty

P.S. -another thought: if you do make it, maybe you could do some sort of cross cultural thing and make it with a totally different, western kind of fabric.  I think that would be so cool and I bet with the right fabric choice it would be gorgeous and totally unique!

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Date: 7/7/06 11:13 PM

I know this is a really old message, but I thought I would share this information I have learned for anyone else looking at the topic in the future.

Daily hanbok was often made of ramie. Linen is very close to ramie in property so you could also try fabrics-store.com. My wedding hanbok appears to be made of something like silk organza (very crisp, sheer silk) which can be found at dharma trading company. The petticoat feels like some kind of polyblend. The fancy hanbok usually has some kind of embroidery on the chima and what appears to be something similar to jogakbo piecing to create stripes on the sleeves of the chogori. Well, on mine the silk appears to be dyed with the stripes in it, but I imagine you could piece the stripes instead of relying on it being in the fabric.

I have been thinking about sewing a summer hanbok from cotton or linen for a while now.

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Date: 10/8/07 8:34 PM

I realize this is an old posting but I hope that your email is still active. May I kindly ask what is the name of your friend's store in New York and contact information (phone/address/website). Thanks, I am interested in buying a hanbok and also Korean fabric at whole sale.

Thanks for our help! CC

Kgrrl

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Date: 10/9/07 3:50 AM

Hi Womenventure: I'm Korean-American and live in Southern California. I have several hanboks and I have never seen the type of silk or polyester fabric used to make hanboks for sale in a fabric store or online. The fabrics sold for custom made handboks are sold as narrow fabrics with a border print (or if it's very pricey, machine or hand embroidery near the edge of the skirt panels) and a matching fabric for the blouse (or chogori). If you search for "hanbok" on eBay, many used hanboks come up for sale at very reasonable prices (e.g., this hankbok for $89.99). For these prices, these hanboks are not silk but polyester. You might also try searching on Craig's List in your area for a hanbok. Good luck!
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Date: 10/9/07 12:07 PM

Hi Kathy, I belong to a chat group on yahoo.com called sew its for sale. I just ordered a bunch or oriental fabric from a woman on the site really CHEAP. $2-$3/yard. Her Aunt owned a sewing store and she inherited tons of high quality fabrics. I am in no way affiliated with her but, she may have fabrics you are interested in.Awesome person too, she donated some extra fabric to me as I do alot of charity sewing. I can't wait to get my fabric..this is a GREAT site for everyone! Come join us! I've been doing lots of shopping here..beware..LOL

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