How to Iron Your Hanbok
Once you receive your hanbok and you wear it for that special day, what comes next? You'll need to find the best way to hang up your jeogori, chima, or baji because hanbok is made of premium quality fabric if you buy from an authentic hanbok store like the Korean In Me. It is not something that you can crumple up and then throw in the laundry machine! Ironing correctly can extend the life of your clothes, and is the key to looking put together.
In this post, we'll teach you how to properly iron your hanbok so that it looks brand new every time you proudly wear any hanbok look.
How to Properly Iron Your Hanbok
Hanbok today is made of different materials, ranging from real silk to imitation silk. Check your fabric label tag. In most cases, iron hanbok with your iron on "silk mode".
For the upper garment (jeogori):
Iron the lining first, and then the lining of doryeon (hemline of jeogori) and then buri (hemline of sleeves). Press the linings slightly while ironing them, in order to keep them from sticking out. When it comes to ironing outer upper garment, keep the following order for ironing: back gil, back sleeves, front gil, front sleeves, inner git, outer git, and goreum.
For the baji (pants):
Iron the narrow sapok, wide sapok, and then iron the waist part along the seam line.
For the chima (skirt):
Iron the lining of the bottom part and its column first. Iron from bottom to top. When you iron the pleats, you should not iron the upper part of pleats which are within 5 to 6 inches from the waistline of the chima.
For embroidered or gilded parts:
If your hanbok attire has gold or silver decoration or embroideries on it, put another cloth on top of them when ironing. If you directly iron the clothes without any additional cloth put on top, the gilts will come off and the embroideries will become discolored.
Make sure to consult this handy how-to-iron guide before you press that hot iron onto the hanbok or potentially damage the delicate fabric.
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