Portrait of a Beauty by Shin Yun-bok. The woman wears a samjak norigae or triple jewel trinket with maedeup in her hands, a kind of knotting very important in the ornaments of the Joseon dinasty ladies. Los documentos como la “Colección de Leyes y Regulaciones de la Corte de Joseon” revelan que esta actividad artesanal estaba regulada por el gobierno
Kisaeng (also spelled gisaeng), sometimes called ginyeo (기녀), were officially sanctioned Korean female entertainers or sometimes prostitutes. Kisaeng are artists who work to entertain others, such as the yangbans and kings. First appearing in the Goryeo Dynasty (918 to 1392.), kisaeng were legally entertainers of the government, required to perform various functions for the state.