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Traditional Chinese Clothing

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

Clothing in China did 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 upper-class.

Among the upper dominating class, only to 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 one style of clothing epitomises "Chineseness", it would be the Cheongsam, or Qipao, which evolved from ancient clothing of the Manchu ethnic minority. Popular because it fits the Chinese female figure well, 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 northern China as the wedding dress, traditionally Red, 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.Hope you can come china and have your China holidays with top china travel.

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 thousands of years, generations of clothing designers have devoted themselves to building the Kingdom of Clothes, making the garments that cover the human body into an important component of Chinese culture. The progress of nation can be seen through its changes in clothing... More

 
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, decorated bands, draped cloth or silks, patterns on the shoulders, and sashes were often added as ornamentation. These varied designs came to be one of the unique features of traditional Chinese dress.   Darker Colors Darker colors were much more favored th... More

 
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 to the ankles. The changpao is a one-piece garment extending from the shoulders all the way to the heels. The shenyi is a cross between the pienfu and the changpao; it consists of a tunic and a skirt or trousers like the pienfu, but the tunic and the skirt ar... More

 
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 their clothes. Ordinary people usually wore costume with a long hat at grand ceremonies offering sacrifices to gods or ancestors. The dress of the queen in these ceremonies consisted of dark-purple frock and black trousers. There were specific stipulations on... More

 
Chinese Imperial Dressing

Chinese Imperial Dressing

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 of working and low statue, ordinary people usually wear dress making of linen in dark color while upper-class prefer the dress making of silk with many valuable decoration. Among the upper dominated class, the Emperor, without any doubt, designated the color yellow and the dragon emblem on traditional Chinese imperial dress as an exclusi... More

 
Costumes of Ethnic Minorities

Costumes of Ethnic Minorities

Clothes of Chinese ethnic minorities are flowery, colorful, extremely exquisite, and highly distinctive. They play an important role of the rich history and culture of the ethnic groups.   Materials of Chinese Ethnic Costume Every aspect of their garments, such as raw materials, textile technology, fashion and decoration, retains a distinct characteristic of the ethnic group and the locality. The Hezhen ethnic minority people, who mainly make a living on fishing, used to make clo... More

 
Chinese Wedding Dress

Chinese Wedding Dress

Dress and Colour As we mentioned, red is favorite for all Chinese people for red is considered as good luck that can keep evil spirits away. So you will find the bride and groom wear in red in their wedding part. The traditional Chinese wedding dress in northern Chinese usually is one piece frock named Qipao, embroidered with elaborate gold and silver design. Brides in Southern China prefer to wear two-piece dress name Qungua or Kwa, which also elaborately adorn with gold dragon and pho... More

 

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