Traditional Hairstyles for Modern Beauties

      January 24, 2009 08:35

      Traditional hairdos for Korean women are largely divided into chignons, the most basic form, and graceful and elaborate ornamental arrangements. Even today, they are worn on festive occasions or by brides having a traditional wedding. Here, the Chosun Ilbo takes a look at five options.

      ◆ Plaited-braids

      The plaited-braid was only allowed for unmarried women in the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910). The three-strand braid is tied with a long, red pigtail ribbon (daenggi) at the end, while an ornamental piece (baesssi daenggi) decorates the hair.

      ◆ Traditional Wedding Hairdo

      This features flamboyant adornments with a simple chignon beneath. It matches the traditional wedding garment or "hwarot," a magnificent wedding gown in crimson silk with wide sleeves.

      ◆ Modern Interpretation

      The bride's hair is pulled back into a chignon, and a toque decorated with corals and beads sits on the crown of the head. Worn along with the hairdo is the "nogwonsam," or green, decorative ceremonial topcoat.

      ◆ Gisaeng Style

      While traditional Korean dresses are represented by the words "elegant" and "refined," the clothes worn by female entertainers of the Chosun Dynasty exude splendor and voluptuousness. Accentuating them, the hairdo known as "tre meori" features a braided coil. This style is often found in the genre paintings of the era.

      ◆ Fusion Wedding Hairdo

      A combination of Korean chignon and Western bun, this hair style maximizes Eastern beauty.

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