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Han Chinese Clothing

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Han Chinese Clothing

Chinese Han clothing, or Hanfu, refers to the clothing worn by the Han ethnic people from the ruling periods of the Three Emperors and Five Sovereigns to the Ming Dynasty. It was the traditional costume of the nation worn for millennia and representative of the characteristics of the Han nationality. For millennia, Han Chinese clothing retained its simple and elegant style. There are ceremonial wear and informal wear in Hanfu clothing.                                                                                                                                          [see more…]

Specific Style of Han Chinese Clothing

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         Tang Dynasty Hanfu

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        Song Dynasty Hanfu

Tang Dynasty Hanfu

The Tang Dynasty represents a golden age in China's history, Female dress and personal adornments in particular reflected the new visions of this era. Although it still continues the clothing of its predecessors, fashion during the Tang was also influenced by its cosmopolitan culture and arts.

Song Dynasty Hanfu

Song court customs often use red color for their garments with black leather shoe and hats. Collar edges and sleeve edges of all clothes that have been excavated were decorated with laces or embroidered patterns. Such clothes were decorated with patterns of peony, camellia, plum blossom, and lily, etc.

Ming Dynasty Hanfu

Ming Dynasty also brought many changes to its clothing as many dynasties do. They implemented metal buttons and the collar changed from the symmetrical type of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) to the main circular type.

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                                   Ming Dynasty Hanfu

 Standard Style of Han Chinese Clothing

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                                   Informal wear


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Formal wear:


Shenyi: a long full body garment

Quju: diagonal body wrapping

Zhiju: straight lapels

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Court dress is the dress worn at very formal occasions and ceremonies that are in the presence of a monarch. The entire ensemble of clothing can consist of many complex layers and look very elaborate.  

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History of Han Chinese Clothing

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Hanfu has a history of more than three millennia, and is said to have been worn by the legendary Yellow Emperor. From the beginning of its history, Hanfu (especially in elite circles) was inseparable from silk, supposedly discovered by the Yellow Emperor’s consort, Leizu. The Shang Dynasty (c.1600 BC-1000 BC), developed the rudiments of Hanfu; it consisted of a yi, a narrow-cuffed, knee-length tunic tied with a sash, and a narrow, ankle-length skirt, called chang, worn with a bixi, a length of fabric that reached the knees. Vivid primary colors and green were used, due to the degree of technology at the time.

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