Category: mianye

thefeastandthefast: changan-moon: Illustratio…

thefeastandthefast:

changan-moon:

Illustration of Tang dynasty fashion by 

Z_XINYUE

Love that these makeup looks are all based on evidence from historical texts and/or art! The black lipstick and droopy eyebrows on the bottom left, for example, was immortalized in a poem by Bai Juyi.

Is there any disrespectful/offensive way to po…

Is there any disrespectful/offensive way to portray hanfu in drawings and stuff? I really wanna try drawing hanfu but I wanna make sure that it's respectful to the culture and all that.

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Hi! When it comes to drawing hanfu, something to watch out for is to make sure that the collars are crossed left-over-right (if you’re drawing crossed-collars). Also, and this is just my personal opinion, I would find overly-sexualized depictions a tad offensive. Otherwise, feel free to express your creativity! ^^ (Image Via)

dressesofchina: Tang Dynasty-styled look

dressesofchina:

Tang Dynasty-styled look

dressesofchina:

dressesofchina:

Tang Dynasty-styled look

hanfugallery:Traditional Chinese hanfu by  一只叫…

hanfugallery:

Traditional Chinese hanfu by 
一只叫jua的巨巨

hanfugallery: Traditional Chinese hanfu by 杭州纳…

hanfugallery:

Traditional Chinese hanfu by 杭州纳兰

hanfugallery: Traditional Chinese hanfu | Tang…

hanfugallery:

Traditional Chinese hanfu | Tang dynasty fashion by 春谷山房

Hello! I was wondering if I could ask you a qu…

Hello! I was wondering if I could ask you a question about something I noticed in post 136427994491 (and in tradition Chinese photography in general). I've noticed that there are sometimes a red marking on a women's forehead. Do these markings mean anything? I'm particularly curious about the one that looks like a flower and the ones that are a dot

Hi, of course I’m happy to answer your question!

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The forehead markings are called “huadian/花鈿", and they are a purely ornamental type of accessory that was most popular during the Tang Dynasty. Huadian came in a variety of colors (red, green, yellow – but mostly red), shapes (flowers/petals, animals – birds/fish, etc.), and materials (paint, paper, gold, pearls, petals, fish bones, seashells, feathers, etc.). Nowadays it is usually painted on/a temporary tattoo. Fouryearsofshades has a write-up on huadian here. Below – historical huadian:

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Huadian can be worn on the cheeks, as seen in the two left pictures in the 2nd row above – these are called mianye/面靥 or xiaoye/笑靥. They usually took the form of a dimple about one centimeter from each side of the lips, and came in a variety of shapes, including coins, peaches, birds, and flowers.

There is a legend about the origin of huadian, recounted by Hua Mei in the book Chinese Clothing (pdf):

“The Huadian or forehead decoration was said to have originated in the South Dynasty, when the Shouyang Princess was taking a walk in the palace in early spring and a light breeze brought a plum blossom onto her forehead. The plum blossom for some reason could not be washed off or removed in any way. Fortunately, it looked beautiful on her, and all of a sudden became all the rage among the girls of the commoners. It is therefore called the “Shouyang makeup” or the “plum blossom makeup.” This makeup was popular among the women for a long time in the Tang and Song Dynasties.”

The flower/petal shapes typically represent the plum blossom. I’m not sure if the dot represents anything significant, besides being a common shape.

Below – actresses wearing huadian and mianye in film/tv:

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Hope this helps! 🙂 

Edit: See here for post identifying the the actresses/films/tv series in the compilation above.

Hello! I was wondering if I could ask you a qu…

Hello! I was wondering if I could ask you a question about something I noticed in post 136427994491 (and in tradition Chinese photography in general). I've noticed that there are sometimes a red marking on a women's forehead. Do these markings mean anything? I'm particularly curious about the one that looks like a flower and the ones that are a dot

Hi, of course I’m happy to answer your question!

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The forehead markings are called “huadian/花鈿", and they are a purely ornamental type of accessory that was most popular during the Tang Dynasty. Huadian came in a variety of colors (red, green, yellow – but mostly red), shapes (flowers/petals, animals – birds/fish, etc.), and materials (paint, paper, gold, pearls, petals, fish bones, seashells, feathers, etc.). Nowadays it is usually painted on/a temporary tattoo. Fouryearsofshades has a write-up on huadian here. Below – historical huadian:

image

Huadian can be worn on the cheeks, as seen in the two left pictures in the 2nd row above – these are called mianye/面靥 or xiaoye/笑靥. They usually took the form of a dimple about one centimeter from each side of the lips, and came in a variety of shapes, including coins, peaches, birds, and flowers.

There is a legend about the origin of huadian, recounted by Hua Mei in the book Chinese Clothing (pdf):

“The Huadian or forehead decoration was said to have originated in the South Dynasty, when the Shouyang Princess was taking a walk in the palace in early spring and a light breeze brought a plum blossom onto her forehead. The plum blossom for some reason could not be washed off or removed in any way. Fortunately, it looked beautiful on her, and all of a sudden became all the rage among the girls of the commoners. It is therefore called the “Shouyang makeup” or the “plum blossom makeup.” This makeup was popular among the women for a long time in the Tang and Song Dynasties.”

The flower/petal shapes typically represent the plum blossom. I’m not sure if the dot represents anything significant, besides being a common shape.

Below – actresses wearing huadian and mianye in film/tv:

image

Hope this helps! 🙂 

Edit: See here for post identifying the the actresses/films/tv series in the compilation above.

changan-moon: Traditional Chinese hanfu and ma…

changan-moon:

Traditional Chinese hanfu and makeup of various dynasty by 杭州纳兰