Category: chinese clothing

Do you have any book recommendations about the…

Do you have any book recommendations about the history of / making of hanfu? Any periods and styles are fine – I just love them and want to learn more! I can read French and English. Thank you so much ^^

Hi, thanks for the question!

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While I’m not familiar with French, here are some recommendations for English-language books on the history of / making of hanfu (click for links):

1) Chinese Clothing by Hua Mei – One of the most accessible English-language books on hanfu and Chinese clothing in general; informative and concise. Available to read online.

2) 5,000 years of Chinese Costume – According to nannaia, the book is “an invaluable resource in English (though sadly currently out of print), I would highly recommend this book if you can get your hands on it.”

3) Ancient Hanfu – A gorgeous and comprehensive historical overview of hanfu with many visual references. Available to read online.

4) Chinese Clothing: Costumes, Adornments and Culture

Hope this helps! (Image Via)

Hi there! Do you think that the Qixiong Ruqun …

Hi there! Do you think that the Qixiong Ruqun is uncomfortable to wear/hard to breathe in since it wraps around the chest area? (I'm asking because I want to try making it but I'm not sure if it will feel too tight)

Hi, thanks for the question!

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I answered the same question re: Qixiong Ruqun (Chest-high Ruqun) in this post, and several followers also shared their experiences here, here, and here.

Hope this helps, and good luck! ^^ (Image Via)

Do bijia come in different styles? If so, what…

Do bijia come in different styles? If so, what are some of them?

Hi, thanks for the question! 

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Fouryearsofshades has a good write-up about Bijia here. I’ll reiterate what she said, with additional comments and pictures.

Bijia/比甲 is a sleeveless jacket with side slits (although depending on the cutting, it may seem to have a tiny sleeves when worn). You can think of it as the “vest” of traditional Chinese hanfu. It’s typically worn over Aoqun/袄裙. It became a common hanfu style during the Song dynasty, when it was known as Beixin/背心. Later, during the Ming dynasty, it became commonly known as Bijia. Below – depictions of Bijia in Ming-Qing historical art:

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Bijia does come in different styles – namely, different types of collars and different lengths. Its length can reach the hips/buttocks, the knees, all the way to one foot off the ground. In addition, it may or may not have buttons. Below – long parallel-collar Bijia:

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These are the collar variations for Bijia:

1. Cross-collar (交领/Jiao Ling):

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2. Parallel-collar (直领/Zhi Ling or 对襟/Dui Jin):

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3. Square-collar (方领/Fang Ling):

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4. Round-collar (圆领/Yuan Ling):

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The Bijia’s versatility allows it to be easily incorporated into modified hanfu and hanfu-inspired fashion (hanyuansu): 

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For more pictures and resources, please see my Bijia tag. 

Hope this helps!

Do bijia come in different styles? If so, what…

Do bijia come in different styles? If so, what are some of them?

Hi, thanks for the question! 

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Fouryearsofshades has a good write-up about Bijia here. I’ll reiterate what she said, with additional comments and pictures.

Bijia/比甲 is a sleeveless jacket with side slits (although depending on the cutting, it may seem to have a tiny sleeves when worn). You can think of it as the “vest” of traditional Chinese hanfu. It’s typically worn over Aoqun/袄裙. It became a common hanfu style during the Song dynasty, when it was known as Beixin/背心. Later, during the Ming dynasty, it became commonly known as Bijia. Below – depictions of Bijia in Ming-Qing historical art:

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Bijia does come in different styles – namely, different types of collars and different lengths. Its length can reach the hips/buttocks, the knees, all the way to one foot off the ground. In addition, it may or may not have buttons. Below – long parallel-collar Bijia:

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These are the collar variations for Bijia:

1. Cross-collar (交领/Jiao Ling):

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2. Parallel-collar (直领/Zhi Ling or 对襟/Dui Jin):

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3. Square-collar (方领/Fang Ling):

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4. Round-collar (圆领/Yuan Ling):

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The Bijia’s versatility allows it to be easily incorporated into modified hanfu and hanfu-inspired fashion (hanyuansu): 

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For more pictures and resources, please see my Bijia tag. 

Hope this helps!

changan-moon:

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Traditional Chinese hanfu by 宴山亭汉服

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Traditional Chinese hanfu by 司南阁

ziseviolet: Hanfu photoset via coser小梦, Part 7…

ziseviolet:

Hanfu photoset via coser小梦, Part 7/?

Model

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)

changan-moon:

changan-moon:

Traditional Chinese hanfu by 朝露之城

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inkxlenses:

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借我几岁陈年,深情里好眠
––寄我此生
© 吴小小小卷

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Traditional Chinese hanfu by 锦瑟衣庄