Category: chinese fashion

Hi! I enjoy your blog because it offers much i…

Hi! I enjoy your blog because it offers much information and is aesthetically pleasing! I was wondering if you could talk about the shoes? What did people wear back in the days? And what are proper and fitting to wear today if you are wearing hanfu? Thank you.

Hi, I’m glad you enjoy my blog! ^^

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There are several posts about historical Chinese shoes on my blog – please check them out!:  

Traditional Chinese Upturned-Toe Shoes

– Ancient Chinese Shoe Tip Styles

Han Dynasty Shoes

Today, when wearing Hanfu, most people wear traditional Chinese cloth shoes that are decorated with embroidered designs. The most formal type of shoe is the 翘头履/Qiao Tou , which is a type of shoe with an upturned toe. The upturned toe was historically used to hold the hem of the Hanfu up, so it wouldn’t drag on the ground. Below – examples of modern Qiao Tou Lǚ with different styles of upturned-toe shoe tips:

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More casual and commonly worn is the 弓鞋/Gong Xie, which has a less exaggerated upturned toe:

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As you can see, nowadays it’s quite trendy for such shoes to have lace-up ribbons and embellishments such as pearls.

Another type of shoe that’s commonly worn with modern Hanfu is the traditional Chinese boot called 靴/Xue. This type of shoe is often worn by men:    

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Bonus – you can wear the shoes with traditional Chinese socks called 袜/Wa:

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For more references, please see my Shoes tag. Hope this helps!

Sources/images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Chinese fashion by 绘心_Aries

Chinese fashion by 绘心_Aries

First off your blog is beautiful and chock ful…

First off your blog is beautiful and chock full of information which I love. A few weeks ago I was complaining to a friend about finding dressy clothes that I could wear (I am disabled with a few disabilities that make most dressy and pretty clothes very uncomfortable) she is from China and recommended a high waisted hanfu. I have been researching and reading so I could wear them and know history and be able to truly appreciate what I am wearing. I wanted to thank you for all this information

Wow, I’m very glad to hear that my blog has been helpful for you! Thank you so much for the kind words and encouragement ^^ (image via)

江疏影 Jiang Shuying

江疏影 Jiang Shuying

Chinese hanfu by 燕语花事

Chinese hanfu by 燕语花事

Traditional Chinese hanfu by 花鼻子的时空隧道

Traditional Chinese hanfu by 花鼻子的时空隧道

Hey, can you tell what the name of the thin-ja…

Hey, can you tell what the name of the thin-jacket people usually wear with a high-waist hanfu?

Hi, thanks for the question! (image via)

The thin jacket that people usually wear with “high-waist Hanfu” (I think you’re referring to chest-high Ruqun) is called Daxiushan/大袖衫 (literally “large-sleeve robe”).

I have a post specifically on Daxiushan here – please check it out! ^^

this question might seem so dumb…. but what …

this question might seem so dumb…. but what exactly is hanfu? is it like the clothing that they wore???

Hi, thanks for the question! (image via)

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Hanfu (traditional Chinese: 漢服, simplified Chinese: 汉服; lit. “Han Clothing”) is an umbrella term that refers to the mainstream traditional clothing of the Han Chinese people prior to the Qing dynasty, which is currently seeing a modern revival (note: a common misconception is that the Han in Hanfu refers to the Han dynasty, but it actually refers to the Han ethnic group). There are many different types of Hanfu, all with their own names. For example, in the photo above, the ladies are wearing the following types of Hanfu: “Ruqun”, “Daxiushan”, and “Pibo”.

For more information and references, please check out my “About” page for primers & masterlists, as well as my Q&A Masterpost for a list of all of my replies to questions. You can also check out the Wikipedia article on Hanfu (the page was recently renamed to “Ancient Chinese Clothing” :P). 

Hope this helps!

Chinese hanfu by 香箧

Chinese hanfu by 香箧

hello! i was wondering if there is any way to …

hello! i was wondering if there is any way to purchase a tuanshan frame (on taobao?) for personal customization. i've been thinking of doing my own embroidery/design for cosplay, although finding fan templates online has been nigh impossible. thanks for your effort in advance!

Hi, thanks for the question! (image via)

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Yes, you can purchase tuanshan frames for personal customization on Taobao. If you search on Taobao using the keywords “团扇 骨架” (Tuanshan Frame), you’ll find many options, such as the one below (via):

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You can also buy DIY tuanshan-making sets on Taobao, such as this one that include frames, plus everything from tassels to decorative stickers:

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Additionally, you can buy tuanshan with blank or pre-outlined surfaces, so that you can paint and/or decorate them (1, 2):

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Search on Taobao using a combination of the following keywords, and you should be able to find plenty of options: 团扇 (tuanshan), 骨架 (frame), 空白 (blank), 真丝 (silk), 材料 (material), DIY.

Hope this helps!