I see many hanfu wearers with Miao silver hair accessories in photo. I'm just curious if this is historically common or is it just for aesthetic purposes considering the history and tensions between the two ethnicities.
Hi, thanks for the question!
As you’ve noticed, Miao silver (苗银/miao yin) hair accessories have been popular with hanfu wearers for some time now. I’m not sure exactly when or how the trend started, but I assume that it was used in some hanfu photoshoots, people took notice and started copying, and it just snowballed from there:
Miao silver is well-known throughout China (if not the world), and there would’ve been cultural exchanges between the Han and Miao throughout history (Han people wearing Miao fashion and accessories, and vice versa). However, the use of Miao silver for crafting Han-style hair accessories to wear with hanfu is, from what I can tell, a recent trend that became popular purely for aesthetic reasons.
It’s gotten so popular to the point that nowadays, you can find all kinds of Miao silver hair accessories for hanfu all over Taobao 😛
Hope this helps!