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Hi! Do you know if there's a particular n…

Hi! Do you know if there's a particular name for the looped hairstyles like these: i[.]pinimg[.]com/564x/44/57/36/445736c8e7a0ffd0399993a0bb6c84c0[.]jpg & i[.]pinimg[.]com/564x/6b/e3/41/6be341d1db1fdd490473697594ad782b[.]jpg (and were they actually from the Tang Dynasty like the source said?)

Hi, thanks for the question!

These two looped hairstyles, worn by Fan Bing Bing as Wu Zetian in the Chinese drama “The Empress of China”, are unique styles with individual names. The first style is called 双环望仙髻/Shuang Huan Wang Xian Ji (Double Hooped Immortal-Seeking Ji), and the second style is called 飞仙髻/Fei Xian Ji (Flying Immortal Ji). “Ji/髻” refers to any hairstyle involving pulling hair on top of the head. Let’s take a look at each one:

1. 双环望仙髻/Shuang Huan Wang Xian Ji (Double Hooped Immortal-Seeking Ji):


For this hairstyle, the hair is split into two parts, and black yarn or ribbons are used to form hoops above the head. For the finishing touch, a small Buyao (hairpin with decorations that swing as you walk) is added to the front. The hairstyle originally developed from an earlier style called 双环髻/Shuang Huan Ji (Double Hooped Ji), which was popular among single women and court ladies during the Wei/Jin and Northern & Southern dynasties. The Double Hooped Immortal-Seeking Ji was fashionable during the Tang – Song dynasties:


2. 飞仙髻/Fei Xian Ji (Flying Immortal Ji):


This hairstyle, which consists of two tall twin loops on either side of the head, first appeared during the Han dynasty. Legend has it that during that time, the Heavenly Mother of the Jade Palace visited Emperor Wu Di. He was so astounded by the visit that he recorded the flying immortals’ hairstyle, and asked his court maidens to imitate it. The Flying Immortal Ji is thus commonly used in depictions of immortals. It was also worn by young girls, as well as being a popular hairstyle for traditional dances and performances:   


To create the hairstyle, start with a high ponytail atop the head. Next, split the hair into two segments and form each into a loop, and then wrap the ends around the base of the ponytail. Use hairpins to keep the coils of hair in place, and reinforce with another hair tie as needed. Finally, decorate generously with hair accessories. Semiprecious stone pins, jade combs, and delicate ornaments of metal were popular choices of the past.

For a visual depiction of how the Flying Immortal Ji is created, there’s a helpful video tutorial here:

The back is just as beautiful as the front!


Hope this helps!

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 45

『水魅』“以情为食,以水为狱。”Ethereal underwater mermaid …



Ethereal underwater mermaid photoshoot by Chinese photographer 夏弃疾_. The model is wearing traditional Chinese hanfu. (Source)

Hello :), I have a question, in Mo Dao Zi Shi …

Hello :), I have a question, in Mo Dao Zi Shi donghua Hiang Cheng and Wei WuXian wear a sleeveless type of overgarment, what is this called? It doesn't show up a lot when you look for men's hanfu, and I can't seem to get the name of this overgarment.

Hi! I haven’t read/watched Modao Zushi, but I think I know what you’re talking about – the sleeveless overgarments depicted here, right?:


So….to be honest, I’m not completely sure what they are ^^;;; The closest type of hanfu they resemble (to me, anyway) is Banbi/半臂 (half-sleeve jacket). Banbi can be worn open in a parallel style, and the shortness of its sleeves can vary. Some examples:


It’s very possible that this particular sleeveless garment (which appears quite often in historical Chinese dramas as well – see below: examples from Cdrama “The Legend of Dugu”) is not based completely on historical clothing, but is rather the product of the artists/designers taking some creative liberties with fashion.


Perhaps some other knowledgeable folks can shed more light on the matter (@Fouryearsofshades)?

Hope this helps!

Hanfu photoset via Coser小梦, Part 9/? Coser小梦 …

Hanfu photoset via Coser小梦, Part 9/?

Coser小梦 is dressed as Baigu Gongzi/白骨公子 (white bone prince), a character he created that may have been inspired by Baigujing/白骨精 (white bone spirit), a demoness from the famous Chinese novel Journey to the West.

Happy Halloween everyone! (Source)

I have seen pictures of hanfu where there is a…

I have seen pictures of hanfu where there is are strings tied around the sleeves of the Yishang (correct me if this is the wrong term). I was wondering if the strings have a particular name and what the purpose of this is. Thanks in advance! =)

Hi, thanks for the question! (Image Via)

The strings tied around the sleeves of the Yishang in the photo above are called Bangshoudai/绑手带 (hand wraps). They’re basically a simplified form of the Huwan/护腕 (wrist guards) seen in the photo below (Image Via):

These forms of accessories were commonly worn in ancient China during strenuous physical activity, such as manual labor and combat/sports (hand-to-hand combat, sword-fighting, archery, etc). Their purpose was two-fold: 1) bind up the sleeves for convenience, and 2) protect the wearer’s hands and arms. 

Here are two more examples of Bangshoudai & Huwan worn with Shuhe (Via):

You can check out my Archery and Wuxia tags for more photos.

Hope this helps!

Sources: 1, 2

Back portraits of Chinese women depicted in hi…

Back portraits of Chinese women depicted in historical art, by Chinese artist -阿舍- (Source). These portraits faithfully display the hanfu, accessories, and hairstyles of their respective time periods. See more art from the artist here.

Notes from the artist:

1: A Ming dynasty empress.

2: A lady from the Tang dynasty painting “The Eighty-seven Immortals”.

3: A lady from the Yongle Palace Murals.

4-5: A lady (4) and a maid (5) from the Tang dynasty painting “Court Ladies Preparing Newly Woven Silk"

6: A lady from the Tang dynasty painting “Court Ladies Wearing Flowered Headdresses".

7-8: No comments.

9: Referenced from the book “Hanjin Clothing”.

Hello! You have a lovely blog! Sorry if you&#…

Hello! You have a lovely blog! Sorry if you've been asked this before; Do you know of any online stores that sell traditional chinese dresses and such? As well as traditional chinese accessories?.. Thank you!

Hi, I’m delighted that you find my blog lovely! ^^


Please see my “Where To Buy Hanfu” page for all of my information, posts, and replies regarding where to find and buy traditional & modern Chinese hanfu and accessories. I recently just revamped the page, so it now contains links to all of my replies to previous asks about buying hanfu. I also updated the list of hanfu and accessory brands. Please check it out! 

PS – I also have “About”“Tags”, and “Replies” pages for additional information and resources.

Hope this helps! ^^

Photo via 葵花花花儿, Hanfu from 风熏堂

Hanfu photoset via coser小梦, Part 8/? Accordin…

Hanfu photoset via coser小梦, Part 8/?

According to Chinese legend, the white Jade Rabbit (玉兔) is a companion to the beautiful moon goddess Chang’e (嫦娥), and pounds the Elixir of Life for her with its mortar and pestle under a cinnamon tree. Chang’e and the Jade Rabbit live in the Moon Palace, and can be seen every year in full view on the day of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Jade Rabbit – Coser小梦 (read about him here); Chang’e – 真的菜菜

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival everyone! (Source)

Hanfu photoset via coser小梦, Part 7/?Model Co…

Hanfu photoset via coser小梦, Part 7/?


Coser小梦 (read about him here) is wearing a white Yuanlingpao/圆领袍 (round-collar robe) from

重回汉唐. He hand-painted the blue lotus flower design (and the fan) himself! (Source)

ziseviolet: 弥秋君 wearing traditional Chinese…


弥秋君 wearing traditional Chinese Hanfu in Nepal. Waist-high, parallel-collar Ruqun/襦裙 from 春拾記/Chunshiji. Photography by


From the “Traveling with Hanfu” photoseries.