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Have some modern hanfus in your life (Part 1/?…

Have some modern hanfus in your life (Part 1/?)

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changan-moon:

changan-moon:

Traditional Chinese hanfu by 司南阁

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!