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Hi I'm just popping in to say I love your…

Hi I'm just popping in to say I love your blog! It's beautiful and I've learned a lot 😀

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Ahh thank you for the encouragement! That’s exactly what I hope for my blog! ^^ (Image via)

Huh, if I might… I have seen in many images …

Huh, if I might… I have seen in many images women having a marking/tattoo-like on their foreheads? Does it mean something or…?

Hi! The markings on the forehead are beauty ornaments called Huadian/花钿. They’re purely ornamental accessories that became fashionable among women during the Tang dynasty. I wrote about Huadian in my posts here, herehere, and here. Also fyi, I have a masterpost that compiles all my previous replies, so please check it out if you haven’t already ^^ (Image via)

Chinese diaspora asking here: I saw the questi…

Chinese diaspora asking here: I saw the questions about making hanfu. Would it be weird for a girl to wear men’s hanfu? I kind of want to own either a zhiju(?) or yuanlingpao since seeing the drawings of female characters wearing yuanlingpao.

Hi, thanks for the question!

It’s definitely not weird for a girl to wear men’s Hanfu! Plus, as I mentioned in my post on unisex Hanfu, both Zhiju and Yuanlingpao are considered unisex garments, as they’ve historically been worn by both men and women. Some examples: 

Zhiju from 挽纱坊:

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Yuanlingpao from 重回汉唐:

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Especially in this day and age, you should feel free to wear whatever kind of Hanfu you like ^^ Hope this helps!

Is 璎珞 always worn on Ming dynasty Hanfu?

Is 璎珞 always worn on Ming dynasty Hanfu?

Hi! No, Yingluo/璎珞 is worn with many other Hanfu styles besides that of the Ming dynasty. As I mentioned in my previous post, Yingluo became fashionable during the Sui and Tang dynasties, and has been a popular ornament since then. So it can be worn with many different styles of Hanfu, including Tang, Song, Ming, etc. 

Some examples of Yingluo worn with non-Ming dynasty Hanfu styles via Niki-镜子:

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Hope this helps!

Hi! I was wondering if there's a specific…

Hi! I was wondering if there's a specific word used for those large ring-like necklaces sometimes worn with hanfu?

Hi, thanks for the question!

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The large ring-like necklaces sometimes worn with Hanfu are called Xiangquan/项圈 (lit. “collar”). There’s a specific variety of Xiangquan that‘s often worn with Hanfu called Yingluo Xiangquan/璎珞项圈, which is fancier and involves more pieces than standard Xiangquan. Yingluo/璎珞 originates from ornaments called Keyura, which were made of gold, jade, and other valuable materials and worn on the head, neck, chest, arms, and legs by royalty and the wealthy in ancient India. The Sakyamuni Buddha was said to have also been adorned with this auspicious ornament when he was a prince, as was his mother when she gave birth to him. Keyura gradually came to adorn statues and paintings of Bodhisattvas and Buddhas:

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Later, Keyura was introduced into China with the spread of Buddhism, where it was called Yingluo. During the Sui and Tang dynasties, it was imitated and adapted by fashionable women, becoming a piece of high jewelry. Below – Yingluo in Chinese art (note: it was worn by children as well as adults):

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You can often see Xiangquan and Yingluo Xiangquan in Chinese dramas. For example, they are commonly used in drama adaptations of the classic novel Dream of the Red Chamber:

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Boys/Men wear them too!:

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Due to the Hanfu revival movement, Xiangquan and especially Yingluo Xiangquan are making comebacks as gorgeous and versatile Hanfu accessories:

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Please see my Yingluo tag for more resources. Hope this helps! 

All product photos are from Hanfu accessories brand 青荷记忆国风首饰.

Sources: 1, 2, 3

I’ve said it before and I’ll say i…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this blog is just so beautiful. And it’s also very helpful for me as I am writing a fantasy race inspired by ancient China, so it’s good to have a better grasp of the clothing of that time. Love the work you’re doing here!

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Wow, thank you so much for the kind words and encouragement! Glad you’re finding my blog so useful! ^^ (Image via)

Hello! Do you know any good blogs for landscap…

Hello! Do you know any good blogs for landscapes/scenery in China(architecture optional?) I’ve been trying to find a post I once reblogged(no longer have) years ago in the archives of the blogs I know(and minsongjia is no longer around) and have been unsuccessful so far.

Hi! My favorite tumblr blogs for Chinese landscapes/scenery are Fuck Yeah Chinese Garden and Changan-Moon. Perhaps you’ll find the post there?

Hi! Do you happen to know if there's a bl…

Hi! Do you happen to know if there's a blog like yours out there, about Korean hanbok?

Hi! I actually have a post about that here ^^

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fouryearsofshades:

ziseviolet:

chibiwing
replied to your post “hi, do you know if was there something alike a purse to be used with…”

But, like, nothing bigger that could hold a phone or anything?

As @fouryearsofshades mentioned, Hebao came in various shapes and sizes, including bigger sizes, which I imagine would be able to hold a phone.

I have a huge circular one (腰圆)that can fit a 500 mL water bottle and other stuff. That one goes on my wrist/shoulder though. 

Some smaller one can’t even fit anything because the seller sealed the opening with glue… Happened to me once. 

Hi! It’s the same anon who is making the…

Hi! It’s the same anon who is making the qixiong Ruqun. You’re absolutely right. I just modified the straps and the garment and now it doesn’t slip! Thank you so much! And to the others who have replied to my previous question, thank you as well for tips and advices

You’re welcome! Glad to hear you got it worked out! ^^