Traditional Chinese hanfu by 界音
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Hello, I’m not sure if this was asked before but can non-Chinese people wear Hanfu?
Please see my reply to this question here ^^
Um if you don't mind me asking, what is the hat disk with the veil called? Thanks for your time! (I hope I'm not a bother)
Hello! Of course it’s not a bother, I like to help! 🙂
The original form of the weimao was the “mìlí/幂蓠”, a hat with a body-long veil that originated from the foreign cultures of the northwest. The mili became popular during the Sui dynasty (581-618), especially among ladies of the nobility who rode horses on public roads. The fancier veils were adorned with jade and kingfisher feathers. Below: mili in a historical drama.
The mili’s veil shortened toward the end of the Sui, and the new wide-brimmed hat with shoulder-length veil was known as a weimao. During the Tang dynasty (618-907), the weimao became so popular that edicts to wear the more modest mili were ignored. It was popular not just among palace women, but also among commoners who followed their lead. Below: weimao in historical dramas.
Hope this helps! 🙂
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 ^^
Traditional Chinese Hanfu Street Fashion
Influenced by the hanfu revival movement, more Chinese youth are wearing traditional hanfu casually as a form of fashion and self-expression.
Photos via 街拍滚叔,