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)
I have an architecture tag you can check out, but I don’t have much content in it right now (only 2 pages). I try to keep my blog as niche as possible, so I won’t really post stuff about architecture unless it’s related to hanfu in some way (or I simply just really like it) ^^;
However, I do have a post on Chinese architecture blog recs, which you can check out here ^^ – hope this helps!
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 Masterpostfor 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).
Can daxiushan be opaque? I'm using a photoset I found on Pinterest as a reference for drawing Hanfu and the photo is showing the model wearing a jacket that isn't at all sheer.
Hi! Yes – daxiushan is generally sheer and translucent, but it can be also be opaque. Below – red opaque daxiushan from 重回汉唐:
Another possibility is that the jacket in the photoset isn’t daxiushan, but another type of Hanfu jacket such as: beizi, pifeng, or dachang (see here and here for definitions). Beizi can be sheer or opaque, and pifeng and dachang are traditionally always opaque ^^