1. Education
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Traditional Korean Masks


7 of 10

Costumes for the Dance
Korean traditional mask-dancer

Korean traditional mask-dancer in Jeju-do.

neochicle on Flickr.com

This talchum performer displays the colorful silk hanbok, or "Korean clothes," worn by all of the masked actors. This type of hanbok is modeled on those from the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Even today, ordinary Korean people wear this type of clothing for special occasions such as weddings, first birthdays, the Lunar New Year (Seolnal), and the Harvest Festival (Chuseok).

The dramatic, flowing white sleeves help to make the actor's movements more expressive (useful when wearing a fixed-jaw mask). This style of sleeves is seen in the costumes for several other types of formal or court dance in Korea, as well. Since talchum is considered an informal, folk performance style, the long sleeves originally may have been a satirical detail.

See More About
  1. About.com
  2. Education
  3. Asian History
  4. Art History in Asia
  5. Korean Mask Dance Costumes

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.