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Hi! Do you think it’s fine for westerner…

Hi! Do you think it’s fine for westerners to wear hanfu? I just really appreciate the relatively genderless silhouette of it all, besides the very pretty looks of it

Hi! I actually answered a similar question in this post. The gist of it is, I personally think it’s fine, if it’s worn respectfully ^^ (Image Via)

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Can people who are not chinese wear traditiona…

Can people who are not chinese wear traditional Hanfu?

Hi, thanks for the question!

So this can be a contentious issue with a lot of varying opinions. Just speaking for myself – I personally have no issue with people who aren’t Chinese wearing traditional hanfu if it’s done respectfully.

For example, every so often Chinese news will report on foreign students/visitors being invited to wear hanfu while participating in cultural activities (festivals, ceremonies, weddings, even graduation photos), which I think is great to see ^^

Hello! Do you happen to have a master post of …

Hello! Do you happen to have a master post of all of your asks/posts anywhere? Just to help me navigate! ^^

Hi, thanks for the question! (Image via)

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You can see all my replies to asks on my Replies page. I’ve included the entire list in this post as well, for convenience ^^. I’ll be updating the Replies page and this post as needed. 

Also, for all my own posts (including replies), please see my China tag (that’s the tag I use for my original posts).

Masterpost of Ziseviolet’s Replies:

Hanfu Terms:

Guide to the different types of Hanfu

Hanfu names

My favorite Hanfu style

Daxiushan (large-sleeve robe) 

Bijia (sleeveless jacket)

Difference between Bijia & Banbi

Yuanlingpao (round-collar robe)

Hezi (chest undergarment accessory)

Doupeng (cloak/cape)

Parallel/straight collars

Winter Hanfu

Mourning Hanfu (Sangfu)

Identifying Hanfu in a photoset

Hanfu History:

Children’s Hanfu

Commoner’s Hanfu

Han dynasty Ruqun & footwear

Three Kingdoms period Hanfu

Northern & Southern dynasties Hanfu

What Mulan would’ve worn

Tang dynasty emperor’s Hanfu

Song dynasty Hanfu styles

Ming dynasty skirts

Yuan/Qing dynasty Hanfu – Part 1, Part 2

Hanfu for empress/noblewoman

Books recs on history of Hanfu – Part 1, Part 2

Wedding Hanfu:

Wedding Hanfu recs 

Pictures of wedding Hanfu

Modernized/Modified Hanfu:

Websites that sell modernized Hanfu

Incorporating Hanfu styles in a more modern way 

Where to buy modernized Hanfu

Hanfu Accessories:

Pibo (long scarf)

Tuanshan (rigid fan)

Weimao (veiled hat) – Part 1, Part 2

Jinbu (waist ornament)

Douli (conical hat)

Hanfu Hair Accessories/Hairstyles:

Hanfu hair accessories

Hair accessories for fine hair

Short hair and Hanfu

Ming dynasty hairstyles

Miao silver hair accessories – Part 1, Part 2

My favorite hairstyle

Makeup:

Huadian (forehead decoration) – Part 1, Part 2

Traditional Chinese makeup ingredients

Tang dynasty lip makeup

Men’s Hanfu:

Hanfu styles for men

Men’s formal Hanfu

Dachang (open-fronted robe)

Zhiduo vs Daopao

Yishang vs Yesa/Yisan 

Men’s Hanfu blog recs

Men’s Headwear/Hairstyles:

Historical hairstyles for men

Men’s hair accessories

Guan (headdress)

Guan & Mianguan

Hanfu Undergarments:

Guide to Hanfu undergarments – Part 1, Part 2

Hanfu petticoats

Emperor’s undergarment for Mianfu

Dudou (chest undergarment)

Lower body Neiyi (underwear)

Zhongyi & Neiyi

Wearing Hanfu:

Plus-sized Hanfu – Part 1, Part 2

Chest-high Ruqun for big-chested figures

Are chest-high styles restrictive for the chest – Part 1, Part 2

Hanfu renting/dressing up

Is Hanfu hard to wear/sew

Do people in China still wear Hanfu 

Non-Chinese wearing Hanfu

Making Hanfu:

Sewing Hanfu

Making Hanfu by hand

Making Chest-high Ruqun

Using shiny brocade fabric

Buying Hanfu:

Where to buy Hanfu – Part 1, Part 2

How to buy Hanfu on Taobao

International shipping on Taobao

Buying Hanfu in US/Washington DC

Hanfu shops in Shanghai

Where to buy Hanfu in Hong Kong

Recs for colorful & flowy Hanfu

Shops that sell Hanfu with more natural fabrics

Where to buy crane-print skirts

How to find Hanfu for BJDs

Hanfu in films/dramas:

Hanfu in “The Empress of China"

Hanfu in “Eternal Love"

Identifying actresses in Huadian compilation

Recs for historically/stylistically accurate Chinese drama

Accuracy of Hanfu in Mulan

Is Mulan wearing Waist-high Ruqun

Comparison with Kimono and Hanbok:

Comparing Hanfu & Kimono (padding) 

Comparing Hanfu & Hanbok (resources)

Kimono blog recs

Hanbok blog recs

Misc:

What is “Gufeng”

Who is Coser小梦

Qing dynasty & modern day Hanfu

Matchmaking in ancient China

What my username means

Non-Chinese wearing Cheongsam

Chinese architecture blog recs

Modern Chinese fashion magazines

How can I buy in the US/Washington DC? Is it o…

How can I buy in the US/Washington DC? Is it only thru Taobao?

Hi, thanks for the question!

Buying online is the best way to get your hands on authentic hanfu, especially if you reside in the US/Washington DC. While there are several sites to choose from for buying online, Taobao definitely provides the most options. Please see this post for information on how to buy hanfu through Taobao.

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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! ^^

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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

Not sure if this has been asked before, but wh…

Not sure if this has been asked before, but what are the little red flower designs on the forehead called? They look super cute! ^^

Hi, thanks for the question!

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The little red flower designs on the forehead – that you often see on Hanfu wearers and in Chinese media & arts – are traditional Chinese accessories called Huadian/花钿, which came into vogue during the Tang dynasty. Please check out this post that I made on the history of Huadian.

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Since they first appeared, Huadian have been an enduring symbol of beauty in Chinese culture. 

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Huadian come in many colors and shapes, in addition to red flowers/petals. 

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For more references, please check out my Huadian tag!

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Hope this helps!

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I see many hanfu wearers with Miao silver hair…

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!

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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:

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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.

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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 😛

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Hope this helps!

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Hey~ can you tell us about the straw hats with…

Hey~ can you tell us about the straw hats with veils coming down to cover the wearer's face we see mostly in wuxia? I have seen some very pretty ones with added accessories like pearls and flowers too. What are they called?

Hi, thanks for the question!

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The traditional Chinese veiled hats that we mostly see in Wuxia are called Weimao/帷帽. I wrote about the history of Weimao in this post. Please also see this post by fate-magical-girls for further information on the history/evolution of Chinese veiled hats.

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As you’ve noticed, it’s recently become trendy among Hanfu wearers to decorate Weimao with various kinds of accessories such as pearls and flowers. The effect is really pretty!

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Weimao can be worn by men as well:

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For more references, please check out my Weimao tag

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Hope this helps!

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This may seem like a sort of vague question, b…

This may seem like a sort of vague question, but what exactly is that type of thin scarf/cloth you see wrapped around the arms and behind the back called? And what is the history of it?

Hi, thanks for the question – it’s not vague at all!

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The thin, long scarf that you see worn with hanfu, wrapped around the arms and behind the back, is called pibo/披帛.

Sources state that pibo first appeared sometime around the Qin dynasty (221– 206 BC). It was originally used to protect against wind and cold air, and gradually became an important fashion accessory. There were two types of pibo: one was wider and shorter, used mostly by married women. The other type could be more than two meters in length, and was used mostly by unmarried women. Below – art of historical outfits with pibo from the Tang (1-3), Sui (4), and Song (5) dynasties:

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Pibo really came into vogue during the Sui and Tang dynasties. The open, confident culture of the Tang meant that women were eager to utilize accessories to make their appearance and outfits more glamorous. Initially, it was worn by performers and those residing in the palace. After the rise of the Kaiyuan era, it became popular among the common people. Below – historical art depicting pibo from the Sui, Tang, and Five dynasties periods (581–960):

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There were many ways of wearing pibo, and each time period had its own popular styles. For example, during the early Tang dynasty, women put pibo directly on their shoulders. During the middle Tang, one end was fixed to the chest, and the other end was draped around the shoulder:

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After the Tang dynasty, the pibo gradually became less popular. It fell out of common use during the time of the Song dynasty. Recently, however, with the hanfu revival movement, pibo has been making a comeback as an essential accessory of hanfu. It comes in all sorts of fabrics, styles, and designs:

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Pibo is generally only worn with ruqun, and wearing it with other hanfu styles such as quju or aoqun is seen as incongruous (see this post for definitions of hanfu terms). Of course, nowadays people can wear it however they want. For more references, please see my Pibo tag.

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Hope this helps!

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

with kimonos, i've heard that girls with …

with kimonos, i've heard that girls with curvier bodies have to wear padding underneath to keep the silhouette. does something similar apply when wearing hanfu?

Hi, thanks for the question!

No – unlike kimono, when wearing hanfu, there is no requirement for girls with curvier bodies to wear padding underneath to keep the silhouette. This is because hanfu and kimono have different desired silhouettes.

The ideal kimono silhouette is cylindrical/tubular, with completely straight lines. Hence, curves are flattened and smoothed out using padding:

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Hanfu silhouettes, on the other hand, display curves to some degree. When it came to the female body, the ancient Chinese didn’t care much for the bust or butt, but a slim waist was an object of great admiration. Many ancient poems and legends have linked attractiveness with a thin waist. For example, a legend dating to more than 2,000 years ago says that the King of Chu loved narrow waists so much, it led to palace ladies starving themselves. The beauty icon of the Han dynasty, Empress Fei-yen, was notorious for her tiny waist – she was so slim that she could “dance on a palm”. Slim waists were called “willow waists/柳腰 (liu yao)”, with “willow” being a metaphor for a narrow waist and slender body. This ideal willowy silhouette is depicted in many traditional Chinese paintings of beautiful women:

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Hanfu emphasizes this ideal silhouette, due to how it is usually tied at the waist with a thin sash:

An exception to the preference for willowy figures occurred during the Tang dynasty, when voluptuous bodies and ample curves were admired.

In addition, hanfu is idealized for its “flowiness”, and is often worn while dancing – which would be very difficult to do with extra padding underneath:

For more comparisons between hanfu and kimono, please see my kimono tag.

Hope this helps!

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