Category: art

ziseviolet: siumerghe: Heavenly Musicians by 阿…

ziseviolet:

siumerghe:

Heavenly Musicians by 阿舍

Illustrations based on the famous Chinese Northern Song dynasty painting “Procession of Immortals Paying Homage to the Primordial” (朝元仙仗图) by Wu Zongyuan, which depicts a magnificent parade of Taoist gods.

ziseviolet: dressesofchina: Girl with a Pearl …

ziseviolet:

dressesofchina:

Girl with a Pearl Earrings cosplay in a Chu costume (recreation of a dress uncovered in the mawangdui tombs)

I love this!

siumerghe:Heavenly Musicians by 阿舍 Illustrat…

siumerghe:

Heavenly Musicians by 阿舍

Illustrations based on the famous Chinese Northern Song dynasty painting “Procession of Immortals Paying Homage to the Primordial” (朝元仙仗图) by Wu Zongyuan, which depicts a magnificent parade of Taoist gods.

dressesofchina: Girl with a Pearl Earrings cos…

dressesofchina:

Girl with a Pearl Earrings cosplay in a Chu costume (recreation of a dress uncovered in the mawangdui tombs)

I love this!

inkjadestudio: 小满(Xiao Man) Grain Buds 21 May…

inkjadestudio:

小满(Xiao Man) Grain Buds 21 May 2018

Pic sources: http://www.zcool.com.cn/work/ZMTY0MzcyMzY=.html?switchPage=onhttp://ah.wenming.cn/tpjj/201505/t20150521_2625887.shtml;http://www.sohu.com/a/142331661_698267

21 May is 小满 (Grain Buds), the second solar term of summer. Read More 

Hi! I love your blog! I have a question about …

Hi! I love your blog! I have a question about a type of accessory that I frequently saw in dramas. (Tried to find out about it myself but I can't read chinese.😣) Can you tell me what those beautiful hanging pendants of jade and tassels, tied to the waist, are called? Thank you for any information you have!

Hi! I’m glad you love my blog, and thanks for the question! (Illustration Via)

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Yaopei/腰佩 (lit. “waist wear”) is the general term for traditional Chinese waist ornaments, of which there are several types. Yaopei are typically decorated with jade (Yupei/玉佩), as the Chinese have revered jade since ancient times, and would (and still do) adorn themselves with it in various forms, including jewelry, hair ornaments, and waist ornaments. 

Those beautiful long pendants of jade and tassels

hanging from the waist that you see in Chinese dramas are a type of Yaopei called Jinbu/禁步. An accessory worn since ancient times, Jinbu was initially used to hold down the skirt. Below – Jinbu in the Chinese drama series Nirvana in Fire.

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Jinbu typically consists of one or more jades hanging in combination with beads and a decorative silk tassel (Liusu/流苏). Some of these jade stones are in the shape of bi-discs and Huang/璜, an arc shape with one hole on the top and two on the sides. 

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Apart from the symbolism of the jade and the beauty of the stone, the ancient Chinese appreciated the delicate tinkling sound the jades made as they touched each other when the wearer moved. Below – historical Ming dynasty gold-and-jade Jinbu (left), modern Tang-style gold Jinbu (right). 

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Worn by men and women, Jinbu served as symbols of virtue and emblems of rank. Below – illustrations of ladies from the Han dynasty (left) and Ming dynasty (right) wearing Jinbu.

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Due to the hanfu revival movement, the wearing of Jinbu is making a bit of a comeback. Below – modern Jinbu from 秋雨夕阳的店.

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Beautiful and versatile, Jinbu are a great way to accessorize any hanfu outfit.

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For more posts on Jinbu and other types of Yaopei, please see my waist ornament tag. 

Hope this helps!

inkjadestudio: Hanfu Illustrations 2

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Hanfu Illustrations 2

sinethetamagazine: Loka Town, The Happy Snack …

sinethetamagazine:

Loka Town, The Happy Snack Bar and Gleams of Daylight by Chong Fei Giap as part of Loka Made (本土幻想). 2016.

Loka Made (本土幻想) is a Malaysian creative brand founded in 2015 by Chong Fei Giap and Audrey Chew. Having graduated from The One Academy with a major in Illustration, Chong worked as a commercial illustrator for six years before establishing Loka Made with his fellow classmate. The philosophy of Loka Made involves using the spirit of discovery to channel and reassemble elements local to the experience of Malaysia.

Chong, who is in charge of the brand’s idea creation and illustration, is inspired by his attachment to the culture and scenery of Malaysia. Several of Malaysia’s iconic locations, including the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Dato Bandar Tunggal and Little India, have become visual references for his work. Chong’s illustrations are often softly lit and dream-like, evocative of an idyllic, unruffled community. Thus, Loka Made remains focused on the child’s perspective, fusing the local and fantastical to build a visual answer to the nostalgia of childhood memories. 

Images courtesy of Loka Made

(本土幻想).

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inkjadestudio: From book Chinese Jade: The Spi…

inkjadestudio:

From book Chinese Jade: The Spiritual and Cultural Significance of Jade in China by Gu Fang and Li Hongjuan

From top to bottom: 

  • A set of jade pendants ornamented with flowers and inlaid jewels (late Ming dynasty)
  • bamboo segmented jade box (Liao dynasty)
  • jade Bowl with gold lid and tray (late Ming dynasty)
  • chrysanthemum petal bowl (mid-Qing dynasty)
  • jade pendant set (mid Western Zhou dynasty)

Hanfu Illustrations 2

Hanfu Illustrations 2