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Traditional Chinese Clothing

Traditional Chinese Clothing

Chinese people were wearing silk while other people were still dressing in animal skins.

Clothing in China not only evolve over time; it often transformed dramatically following dynastic changes or the imperial decree of a new ruler. In ancient feudal society, people's rank and position could easily be distinguished from their daily dress, especially for the ordinary people and the upper-class.

Among the upper dominating classes, only the Emperor was assigned the colour yellow and the dragon emblem on traditional Chinese imperial dress as an exclusive affirmation of their power.

There is no "typical" Chinese costume, although today, if any style of clothing epitomises "Chineseness", it would be the Cheongsam, or Qipao, which evolved from ancient clothing of the Manchu ethnic minority. Cheongsam is Popular because it fits the Chinese female figure well, and has simple lines and looks elegant; it is suitable for wearing in all seasons by young or old and can either be long or short. It is recognised around the world and has inspired many foreign adaptations because of its simple yet exotic lines. It is popularly worn in North China as the wedding dress, traditionally in red. Cheongsam is usually embroidered with elaborate gold and silver designs. Brides in southern China wear Qipao or a two-piece dress name Qungua or Kwa, which is also elaborately adorned with a gold dragon and phoenix pattern.

Zhongshan Suit

Zhongshan Suit

The Chinese tunic suit, also known as Zhongshan suit, is a Chinese traditional style of male attire named after Sun Zhongshan (also Romanized as Sun Yat-Sen). Many Chinese leaders like to wear this suit, like Chiang Kai-shek, Mao ...

History of Chinese Clothing

History of Chinese Clothing

The history of Tranditional Chinese Clothing here will introduce the brief history of the development of Chinese costume. China has many ethnic groups with a long history while Han people dominate most periods in history. For thou...

Features of Chinese Clothing

Features of Chinese Clothing

Different from costumes of other countries, Chinese clothing features is very distinctive and with profound Chinese culture.Because of relatively plain design and structure of traditional Chinese clothing, embroidered edgings, dec...

Types of Chinese Clothing

Types of Chinese Clothing

Three main types of traditional Chinese clothing are the pienfu, the changpao, and the shenyi. The pienfu is an ancient two-piece ceremonial costume of a tunic-like top extending to the knees and a skirt or trousers extending t...

Well-known Chinese Clothing

Well-known Chinese Clothing

Costume in the Han Dynasty The costume of the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-8AD) followed the one established in the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). In the Eastern Han Dynasty, people in black had to wear purple silk adornments to match...

Chinese Imperial Dressing

Chinese Imperial Dressing

Longpao is Chinese imperial dressing with yellow color and dragon emblem. In ancient feudal society, it is easy for people to be distinguished from his daily dress, especially for the ordinary people and upper-class. For the sake ...

Costumes of Ethnic Minorities

Costumes of Ethnic Minorities

China is a multi-ethnic country with 56 ethnics. Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Yunnan province, Ningxia Hui autonomous region are the main ethnic habitations in China. Different ethnics have their own style costumes. Clothes o...

Chinese Wedding Dress

Chinese Wedding Dress

Totally different with western wedding attire, China has her own special wedding attire. Generally speaking, Chinese wedding dress is basically around theme of good luck and happiness. Dragon, phoenix, red color are thought to bri...