May I ask what is the hair accessories for mal…

May I ask what is the hair accessories for males that went over the manbun (not hair pins)

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Hi, great question!

There are so many different types of male hats and headwear throughout Chinese history, it would be impossible for me to list them all. A brief intro:

– The typical types of male headwear are called Jin (巾) for soft caps, Mao (帽) for stiff hats, and Guan (冠) for formal headdresses.

– The term guan is traditionally an umbrella term encompassing all forms of headgear that cover the wearer’s hair, and is also commonly called Shoufu (首服/clothing of the head). The guan makes use of a hairpin which goes across a topknot of hair to stabilize itself, and is coupled with a sash tied underneath the chin.

Jin are caps of civilian usage. Head-cloths wrapping the head and topknot fall into the jin category. For example, one type of jin is the Wangjin (网巾/net cap), which became popular during the Ming Dynasty:

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– Officials and academics have a separate set of hats, typically the Putou (幞頭)Wushamao (烏紗帽), Si-fang pingding jin (四方平定巾; or simply, Fangjin: 方巾), and Zhuangzi jin (莊子巾).

Here are three great resources that describe male hair/head accessories:

1. Wikipedia’s Hanfu article has a section on male headwear, complete with an informative list and pictures.

2. Headwear: Guan, Jin, Accessories is a nice introduction to male headwear, which leads to…

3. A list of Guan, Jin, and other headwear, an article from the same source as above, which contains detailed descriptions of male headwear.

Hope this helps! 🙂