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Inspired by the hanbok dress and written in the poetic form of the Korean gasa (kasa). Features Namco Bandai’s Seong Mi-Na.

Gasa or Kasa is a Korean poetic form dating back to the 15th century during the Joseon Dynasty. They were popular with the yangban (nobles or aristocracy) women and were most commonly sung. It is syllabic with 7 to 8 syllable lines broken by a caesura (or pause) into groups of 3 to 4 syllables. There is no limit on the number of lines, so it could be as brief as a single verse or as many as twenty verses. 

Hanbok is the traditional dress of Korea. The women’s hanbok is usually called the chima jeogori, which consists of the wrap-around skirt chima and the blouse shirt or jacket jeogori

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Oekaki (”doodle or scribble”) drawing of Seong Mi-Na from Namco’s Soul Edge/Blade series, inspired by…

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Crimson scarf, wrapped upon
scattering cold, in winter.

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Artwork of Seong Mi-Na in a scarlet hanbok by xuexueyuehua.

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Artwork by xuexueyuehua of Seong Mi-Na in a scarlet hanbok, inspired by…

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Bodice wrapped, in silk
embracing, sweet purity.

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Kisaeng or gisaeng (sometimes called ginyeo, female entertainers of the noblemen) Seong Mi-Na, inspired by…

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Black velvet, deftly
gleaming sword, exquisitely.

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Seong Mi-Na in a wedding hanbok, inspired by…

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Flowering, pale
delicately, floating soft.

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  1. Vinaya says good bye

    On February 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

    The pictures are amazing, and the text mesmerizing. I did not know about Kasa or hanbok. My knowledge about Korean culture is all based on popular Korean movies.

  2. marqjonz

    On February 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

    It’s like a fashion show with poems. What a great idea. I have to comment that the hairpin with the scroll or banner that the bride is wearing is completely over the top. Is the hairpin with banner a traditional element of a bride’s attire in Korea?

  3. Boyka

    On February 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm


  4. Lynn Hollis

    On February 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks for this lesson on a bit of Korean culture. I enjoyed the article. The photos and artwork are wonderful – beautiful ladies and beautiful garments – and the poetry fit right in.

  5. Shirley Shuler

    On February 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Lady Sunshine, this poetic form of the Korean gasa (kasa) is very beautiful. I love everything about the hanbok and I enjoy reading your pieces with so many beautiful pictures. It\’s no wonder, the hanbok is the traditional dress of Korea.

  6. CA Johnson

    On February 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    These are wonderful pics. I enjoyed reading about them. Thanks for sharing.

  7. sheilanewton

    On February 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I absolutely love this post. How amazing this poetry form is. And the images of the dresses are so splendid. Thank you, honey, for such an inspirational piece.

  8. ialexis

    On February 24, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Koreans girls are indeed very cute :) I wish I have a cute korean girlfriend hehe

  9. FX777222999

    On February 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Nice sharing this article.

  10. Melody SJAL

    On February 25, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Love the hanboks i saw on Korean TV shows like Jewel in the Palace and Queen Seon Deok. very nice piece, my friend.

  11. dodolbete

    On February 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I’ve got a picture of me in a pair of yellow hanbok, taken on college years…thank you for the hanbok inspiration… I’ve got to find that picture somewhere… thank you ^_^

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