The figure of the Harlequin is derived from the Commedia dell’arte. The costume itself is taken from the Arlecchino. In its beginnings the costume was very simple: it was composed of a wide white blouse and white long pants. Over time the design has been modified. The blouse and pants have become narrower and with the input of more fantasy designs the costume has become more colorful.
The Harlequin figures that you encounter at Fasnacht, in addition to the diamond shaped pattern of their costume, tend to pair it with a neck ruff, a cape, harem pants and bobbles. The mask they wear betrays the slightest hint of melancholia.