The Far East

Wigs are principally a Western form of dress.

In the Far East they have been used in the traditional theatre of China and Japan.

Some East Asian entertainers (Japanese Geisha, Korean Qisaeng) wore wigs (Katsura and gache respectively) as part of their traditional costumes.

Koreans considered big and heavy wigs to be more aesthetic.
In fact, there is a record of an incident where a heavy gache wig actually killed a young 13-year-old bride when the heavy wig broke her neck as she was getting up to greet her father-in-law.
Also due to its cost, some families took up to seven years preparing a gache wig for their new daughter-in-law.
Such was the women's frenzy for the gache that in 1788 King Jeongjo prohibited and banned, by royal decree, the use of gache, as they were deemed contrary to Confucian values of reserve and restraint.

Japanese wigs or katsura
katsura front view katsura back view


Korean wigs or gache
gache front view katsura back view