The Han are the largest ethnic group in China, but for 400 years
their traditional robes were consigned to museums or movie sets. Now
working in a store which specialises in selling Han clothing to
enthusiasts and other hardcore revivalists like herself, Jia Lan has an
endless supply of classical-looking garments.
“I first discovered
Hanfu eight years ago. It’s history and beauty appealed to me, but it’s
also a part of our culture. When I first started wearing it people
didn’t recognise this style as our own national clothing. Because in
Korea and Japan they promote their own clothing. But in China, even with
our long history, it’s a shame some didn’t recognise our own
traditional wear,” says Jia Lan…
Interest in Hanfu isn’t confined to the mainland. For Singaporean
Gong Pan Pan, it was a way to reconnect with her heritage. Her blog
‘Hanfu Girl’ is followed by second generation Chinese around the
world. “People who migrated overseas like myself, diaspora,
we’re in the same boat in the way that we lost touch with our culture.
And Hanfu is sort of our way of getting back to finding out about
ourselves,” says Gong.
Gong Pan Pan’s Hanfu Girl blog: https://hanfugirl.blog/