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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

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fouryearsofshades:

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一双好鞋可以让您在走路的时候更踏实,以下是几张唐代鞋子的细节图。这唐代的鞋子果真与如今的鞋子区别很大吖,看看这针脚,看看这款式,看看这做工,现在还能做出来么?@盛世霓裳微博 @汉唐网 @西安半坡博物馆志愿者 @馨润-琉璃 @四月公益 @汉服包打听 @博物馆联盟 @西北大学历史学院博物馆之友

Shoes from Tang dynasty. It was very well made with very tight stitches. 

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

fouryearsofshades: (via 西安博物院教育推广部的微博 新浪微博-随时…

fouryearsofshades:

(via 西安博物院教育推广部的微博 新浪微博-随时随地分享身边的新鲜事儿)

一双好鞋可以让您在走路的时候更踏实,以下是几张唐代鞋子的细节图。这唐代的鞋子果真与如今的鞋子区别很大吖,看看这针脚,看看这款式,看看这做工,现在还能做出来么?@盛世霓裳微博 @汉唐网 @西安半坡博物馆志愿者 @馨润-琉璃 @四月公益 @汉服包打听 @博物馆联盟 @西北大学历史学院博物馆之友

Shoes from Tang dynasty. It was very well made with very tight stitches. 

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! ^^

do you post stuff about chinese architecture? …

do you post stuff about chinese architecture? i'm horrible at them despite seeing so many times in historical chinese dramas

Hi, thanks for the question! (image via)

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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!

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!

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!

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!

Hey there! I checked your blog and found it to…

Hey there! I checked your blog and found it to be absolute amazing! Thank you for sharing so much about chinese culture and information with us ^-^ Uh… so, I wanted to ask if you know some tips to drawing a huadian when you don't know how to paint well…? It might sound a bit dumb but… Or maybe I should just practice?

Hi! Glad to hear you like my blog! ^^ (Image via)

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I’ve actually never drawn huadian/花钿 before, but I did find some Youtube makeup tutorials that depict how to draw huadian. For example, the tutorial below utilizes a lip brush and red lipstick to create a simple 3-petal huadian. Generally, when it comes to learning how to draw things well, all it takes is some practice!

However, the easiest and most commonly used method nowadays is temporary tattoos! There’s a huge variety of huadian tattoos available on Taobao, and they come in many different designs and colors. Below – a typical set of huadian tattoos from Taobao:

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If you find painting huadian too difficult or if you want more complex designs, then I recommend using temporary huadian tattoos ^^. Hope this helps!