Chris Lee 李宇春

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Hi! I wondered about the symbolism of colours …

Hi! I wondered about the symbolism of colours in outfits. I noticed a lot have a sort of orange-red and turquoise combination, is there a story or meaning behind that? Thanks!

Hi, thanks for the question!

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Orange-red and turquoise is a classic Chinese color combination that commonly appears in Hanfu all throughout Chinese history. This color combination can be seen in artworks and on figures from the Tang, Song, and Ming dynasties, among others. For example, below is a recreation of an orange-red and turquoise Hanfu from the Tang dynasty:

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Complementary colors (such as red-green, orange-blue, etc) have been beloved throughout Chinese sartorial history, and work exceedingly well on Hanfu. The almost-complementary contrast between orange-red and turquoise creates an effect that is vibrant yet harmonious at the same time:  

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The main inspiration behind the orange-red and turquoise color combination in modern Hanfu is the art of the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang. If you look through my Dunhuang and Mogao Caves tags, you can see that the colors orange-red and turquoise feature prominently in the artwork. Below – a painting from the Mogao Caves:

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The Dunhuang/Mogao Caves paintings are a major source of inspiration for Hanfu designers (such as Chuyan), many of whom have recreated the outfits depicted within. Below – recreation of orange-red and torquoise Hanfu portrayed in the paintings:

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Taking cues from historical art and artifacts, Hanfu designers have brought this playful yet glamorous color combination to life in modern Hanfu designs:

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As to what the colors orange-red and turquoise symbolize in this specific combination, I don’t actually know for certain. Hopefully other knowledgeable folks ( @fouryearsofshades/ @fate-magical-girls?) can shed some light on this question.

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For more on the meaning of colors in Hanfu, I recommend checking out the following Quora links:

– Symbolism of the color White in Hanfu 

 Symbolism of the color Black in Hanfu

Dress and color of Wedding Hanfu

Hope this helps!

Sources/Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

ziseviolet:

ziseviolet:

Traditional Chinese Hanfu.

jeannepompadour: Serving girl and two courtesa…

jeannepompadour:

Serving girl and two courtesans from the tang dynasty Astana graves in China, mid 8th c.

Hi! I wondered about the symbolism of colours …

Hi! I wondered about the symbolism of colours in outfits. I noticed a lot have a sort of orange-red and turquoise combination, is there a story or meaning behind that? Thanks!

Hi, thanks for the question!

image

Orange-red and turquoise is a classic Chinese color combination that commonly appears in Hanfu all throughout Chinese history. This color combination can be seen in artworks and on figures from the Tang, Song, and Ming dynasties, among others. For example, below is a recreation of an orange-red and turquoise Hanfu from the Tang dynasty:

image

Complementary colors (such as red-green, orange-blue, etc) have been beloved throughout Chinese sartorial history, and work exceedingly well on Hanfu. The almost-complementary contrast between orange-red and turquoise creates an effect that is vibrant yet harmonious at the same time:  

image

The main inspiration behind the orange-red and turquoise color combination in modern Hanfu is the art of the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang. If you look through my Dunhuang and Mogao Caves tags, you can see that the colors orange-red and turquoise feature prominently in the artwork. Below – a painting from the Mogao Caves:

image

The Dunhuang/Mogao Caves paintings are a major source of inspiration for Hanfu designers (such as Chuyan), many of whom have recreated the outfits depicted within. Below – recreation of orange-red and torquoise Hanfu portrayed in the paintings:

image

Taking cues from historical art and artifacts, Hanfu designers have brought this playful yet glamorous color combination to life in modern Hanfu designs:

image

As to what the colors orange-red and turquoise symbolize in this specific combination, I don’t actually know for certain. Hopefully other knowledgeable folks ( @fouryearsofshades/ @fate-magical-girls?) can shed some light on this question.

image

For more on the meaning of colors in Hanfu, I recommend checking out the following Quora links:

– Symbolism of the color White in Hanfu 

 Symbolism of the color Black in Hanfu

Dress and color of Wedding Hanfu

Hope this helps!

Sources/Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Photo by LeslieZhangJiaCheng

Photo by LeslieZhangJiaCheng

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jeannepompadour:

jeannepompadour:

Buddhist donors in T’ang costume,painting from Dunhuang Mogao Caves,Tang dynasty