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In a particularly garish error in tone, in the video featuring cannoli, a
male narrator asked the model “is it too huge for you?”

Is this some kind of innuendo? (-_-);

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 A collection of art depicting Chinese women’s hairstyles over the years, from

行者先生 on weibo (link

It’s obvious how beauty standards have evolved greatly over the years…what one might consider a beauty in the past might not be the same now, and vice versa. 

Tbh, if the Four Great Beauties all time-travelled to the present, I wonder if they’ll still be as praised?

Also, whenever someone says they like Tang Dynasty makeup and hairstyles, I’m usually all ‘you know what you’re saying?’ because while Tang hanfu is lovely, the makeup and hair isn’t exactly what people now (2010s) will consider flattering.

While Tang dynasty makeup can be a bit Out There* it doesn’t hold a candle to the face-wide crimson shading and applique crystals look the Song empresses seem to have been going for. (I’m pretty ignorant about what may have led to any of those things being popular, or whether this is something restricted to imperial women, so if anyone has anymore info, give me a plug!)

I love how the crowns have full sets of figurines crafted into them!

* Although those moth eyebrows speak to my soul. 

Fig. 1 

The Official Imperial Portrait of Empress Liu (969–1033) (detail), hanging scroll, Palace Museum Taipei

Fig. 1  The Official Imperial Portrait of Empress Zheng (1079–1131)

(detail), hanging scroll, Palace Museum Taipei

Fig. 1  The Official Imperial Portrait of Empress Wu (1114–1197)

(detail), hanging scroll, Palace Museum Taipei

(link for first pick) (link for the second pic) (link to source for the third pic) 

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Boyish styles in the Tang.  This style of outfit, a flipped-collar robe 翻领服,  has influences from the nomadic tribes that the Tang dynasty traded with. The belt is used to hold many items for use.   In the Tang dynasty, both Central Asian/Persian styles as well as crossdressing (females wearing traditionally male clothing) was popular.

On the left is a cartoonist’s recreation from a variety of paintings and sculptures, and on the right is a Tang-dynasty figure.

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Motherland Chronicles II Week 3 – Hanfu portrait with Alodia Gosiengfiao ❤️

Emo post incoming: so I fell and hit the back of my head on the ground yesterday. No blood and fractures this time and I even managed to finish this week’s Motherland piece somehow. Triggered me emotionally though. It’s weird how we can be so affected when we’re decades away from certain memories, yet they can still hurt and make us so angry. Depression sucks.

I realized I’m not strong. Not as strong as I wanted to be or as strong as I thought I was. And I hate that I tried, or tried to appear to be for so long.

When no one visited me in the hospital at 7 I thought the loneliness was absolute and normal. When I went for air rifle training after watching my friend’s cremation I thought it was my duty as a pro. At 15, I didn’t know I needed time after a funeral. I hate that no one told me that I could take the time off. I hate that I didn’t care for myself more.

Screw being strong. The brave face you put on so others don’t need to feel bad and pity you, so they can praise you a little cuz it’s the right thing to be, fuck that. You be whatever you can be so you can go on. Because life does, and it’s not an anime.

You’ll never be the genius kid who fights and wins against adults, who gets the justice you deserve and serves it to those who hurt you. You can fight and you will lose. You’ll get beaten and broken to pieces. You don’t know the rules adults go by, and there will be no magical saviors.

But you can claw out of it with your own two hands. You can walk away. Sever your entire life and walked away. Sometimes that’s all we can do. Take what you can and keep living, because life goes on.

You don’t have to be strong. It’s enough to just keep trying, to have the will to go on. So love yourself a little and never give up. You are enough.

Photography: Jingna Zhang
Model: Alodia Gosiengfiao
Hair: Linh Nguyen
Makeup: Tatyana Harkoff

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Traditional Chinese Hanfu.

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part 3 of my trop rambles: props

the fan that he holds is a traditional style of fan called 团扇 (tuan fan) and is hand made by a well known fan studio (you can call it the couture of fans). it’s made with traditional embroidered silk and bamboo. this is one of the very few times you’ll see a male character of a period drama to use a proper tuan fan instead of the general folded ones that were not popular during the Tang dynasty. you can find the studio here

this 蜀锦 (Shu brocade) machine that serves as a symbol of his “tailor prince” character was rented from the sichuan Shu brocade museum. this specific type of brocade is from the area of chengdu, sichuan and is one of the four great brocades of china along with the Song styled brocade from Suzhou, the Cloud brocade from Jiangsu and the Zhi brocade from Zhejiang. the Shu brocade reached its peak popularity during the Tang dynasty and had significant effects on the culture, economical development and aesthetics of the dynasty. in 2006 its weaving techniques became one of the first to be on the national intangible cultural heritage list. in 2009 it was listed into UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list.

Chen Kun actually learned how to weave it on the machine and was scared shitless every time he sat on it because he thought he might damage it.

this wind screen has one of the greatest works of art in chinese history and is listed in the top 10 chinese paintings. it is a painting from the Northern Song dynasty by the prodigy painter Wang Ximeng when he was 18 and now resides in the Palace Museum in Beijing. the painting is called Thousands miles of mountains and rivers and depicts the harmonious coexistence between humans and nature. the actual artwork is a lot smaller but super long.

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Traditional chinese children tiger-hats, XIX century



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Traditional Chinese Hanfu.