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chinese traditional clothes :Chinese people were wearing silk while other cultures were still dressing in animal skins.
chinese traditional clothes did not only evolve over time; chinese clothes 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.

Chinese Wedding Dress Chinese Wedding Dress
Dress and ColourAs 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 el... 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 o... 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 CostumeEvery 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... More
Features of Chinese Clothing Features of Chinese Clothing
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 ColorsDarker colors were much more favored than lighter ones in traditional Chinese clothing so the main color of ceremonial clothing... More
History of Chinese Clothing History of Chinese Clothing
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 styles.Clothing manufacture in China dates back to prehistoric times, a... 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 trouse... More
Well-known Traditional Clothing Well-known Traditional Clothing
Costume in the Han DynastyThe 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.... More
Golden head of the Manchurian women Golden head of the Manchurian women
Manchu hairstyle and headwear are unique, especially Manchu females' headwear. It is elegant and magnificent, natural and graceful. Before a Manchu woman grows up, she wears a single pigtail hanging behind; at the end of the pigtail is wound with a red cord, the front hair is cut into a bang, and often a bead made of gold or silver or jewelry is fastened on the tip of the pigtail, which is swinging with the wind, to show a sense of beauty. Manch... More
60 Years of Chinese Coiffure 60 Years of Chinese Coiffure
Braids, the bob, the "Yamaguchi Momoe" mop, the spiky bomb and the skewed ponytail, have all featured in Chinese hair couture in the 60 years since the founding of New China. Chinese women of today wear their hair in a wild assortment of cuts and colors. 1950s BraidsIn the early years of the PRC younger, unmarried women wore their hair in two heavy braids, often ornamented with red silk ribbons. The 1960s BobFrom the end of 1... More
A Panorama of Chinese Garments A Panorama of Chinese Garments
Clothes of Chinese ethnic minorities are flowery and colorful, extremely exquisite, and highly characteristic. They constitute an important part of the rich history and culture of the nationalities.   Every aspect of their garments, such as raw materials, textile technology, fashion and decoration, retains a distinct character of the nationality and the locality. The Mongolians, Tibetans, Kazakstans, Khalkhases, Yugurs, etc., who are m... More
A touch of beauty on the plateau - headdress of Tibetan women A touch of beauty on the plateau - headdress of Tibetan women
The Tibetan Nationality is chiefly distributed in Xizang (Tibet) Autonomous Region, Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan, Yunnan and their nearby provinces. The Tibetan Nationality is one of the age-old nationalities of China, whose chief agricultural crop is highland barley, but there are also other crops such as wheat, rape, pease and so on. The Tibetan style of clothing and adornment can be roughly classified into four major types in terms of the four reg... More
Accordion-pleated skirt of the Yao nationality Accordion-pleated skirt of the Yao nationality
The accordion-pleated skirt of the Yao nationality is popular in Nandan, Guangxi province. The skirt is made of hand-woven cloth dyed into varied shades of blue, folded in pleats and then stitched along the waistband with needle and thread. It is worn over an underdress of the same size. The surface of the skirt is decorated with encaustic painting where the streaklines are in varied shades of blue. The hem of the skirt is embroidered with red f... More
Ancient Chinese Clothing Ancient Chinese Clothing
The ancient Chinese clothing consisted mostly of robes. While the women wore lengthy tunics that reached the ground, the men wore tunics that reached their knees. The sleeves of the garments were wide, and loose fitting, with sashes being added as ornamentation. Darker shades were preferred over light ones. Lighter coloured clothing was worn more commonly by the common people. The original ancient Chinese clothing was referred to as the Han Chin... More
Ancient Chinese Clothing Accessories Ancient Chinese Clothing Accessories
China is an ancient country with a very rich heritage. The thousands of years of history have laid a rich basis for the lives of its inhabitants today. While some of the ancient Chinese myths and cultural traditions have been forgotten or are no longer observed, many of them are still remembered and incorporated into everyday life. Taking a look into the cultural traditions of China can reveal a lot about the way that the people live. One of the... More
Ancient Chinese Shoes Ancient Chinese Shoes
China has diverse customs and styles as regards its traditional dress culture, and the abundance and variety of Chinese footwear justifies its being singled out from other items of apparel to be studied separately as "shoe culture". Footwear is an interesting facet of the many aspects of Chinese culture. ... More
Ancient Chinese women: a tinge of vermeil to please the sweetheart Ancient Chinese women: a tinge of vermeil to please the sweetheart
In ancient China, especially in the Tang Dynasty, there were seven steps in cosmetic makeup for the belles: powder base, applying color to the face, eye-brow darkening, applying "forehead gold" or "floral twinkle/gold", painting the dimples, decorating the cheeks and applying lip color. If eyes are the window to the soul, lips are the mirrors of one's character and temperament. Being an important part of face decoration as sh... More
Ancient Cosmetic(1) Wearing Beauty Spots Ancient Cosmetic(1) Wearing Beauty Spots
Modern women's "flowerpieces", the beauty spots worn to cover freckles and facial blemishes, were created by Shang Guan Shi, a supervisor of palace women in the Tang Dynasty. Before the year of Dali (766-780), the wives of government officials and high-status scholars were a vicious and jealous lot. At the slightest provocation, they scarred the faces of maids or concubines with marks which were so common that various types had names s... More
Ancient Cosmetic(2) Dyeing Fingernails Ancient Cosmetic(2) Dyeing Fingernails
Select red garden balsam petals, pound them in a mortar and add a pinch of alum. Cleanse your fingernails in your chamber and apply the mixture to them. Bind them with a piece of silk and let the mixture set overnight. At the first application the colour is pale, but after three to five treatments it will be dark as rouge and will not wash away. It will fade by the time the fingernails are trimmed in ten days.When the garden balsams turn red, em... More
Ancient Cosmetic(3) Putting on Rouge Ancient Cosmetic(3) Putting on Rouge
According to the Annotations of Ancient and Modern Times, yan grass grew in the western state of Yan. Its leaves were like the setose thistle, its flowers were like the madder. Local people dyed powder with its juice to make rouge, a facial cosmetic. Palace women in the Qin Dynasty all put on such rouge. This probably indicates that rouge originated in the Qin Dynasty.The kohl of the southern metropolises is best for decorating the eyebrows, whi... More
Batik Printing of the Miao Nationality Batik Printing of the Miao Nationality
The people of Miao Minority have developed rich and colorful ethnic culture as well as techniques in folk handicrafts and arts. Their batik painting art works and tourist craftworks, in particular, are extraordinary splendor and of great fame in the artistic textile circle.Colored Batik WaistbandColored Batik WaistbandMiao NationalityAnshun,Guizhou ProvinceLate 20th century ... More
Behind the Changing hairstyles Behind the Changing hairstyles
Whether plaited,cut short, waved or dyed, women's changing hairstyles are influenced by the trend of the times, emotional needs and individual personalities.Plaits and BunsTeenage girls wore their hair in two buns beside their ears, while unmarried young women wore their hair in a plait fastened with a piece of red woolen thread. Married women wore their hair in a single bun, but young married women's  buns  were  usually shaped l... More
Belief on the head of Hui ethnic group Belief on the head of Hui ethnic group
Costume of the Hui ethnic minority distinguishes itself from others chiefly by the head part. In areas inhabited by the Hui people, men usually wear a round brimless white cap. According to some scholars, it is for the convenience of kowtow that Islamite wears the brimless white cap: to let the forehead and the nose tip touch the ground easily, so as to make body and soul concentrate on one point. As the book Origin of the Hui says: "When y... More
Blossoming peach flowers on the costumes of Tujia people Blossoming peach flowers on the costumes of Tujia people
The costume of Tujia ethnic minority is greatly affected by that of the Han people. Only in some remote areas, they keep some traditional costumes. For instance, women wear a big jacket with buttons on the left and short and wide sleeves, and a long skirt. The jacket is usually embroidered with two or three flowery edges. They arrange the hair into a bun, and wear a hat or wrap the head with a piece of cloth. Earrings, necklaces and bracelets ar... More
Breast Adornment of the Hani nationality Breast Adornment of the Hani nationality
Silver made,1,000g.Used as an adornment for women for attending important events.Hand made by folk artist.Adopts such main techniques as casting and chisel carving.Composed of "heart protecting mirror",silver chain and such decorative pieces shaped as beards,birds,bells and coins. ... More
Bridal dress of the fish skin tribe (Hezhe ethnic group) Bridal dress of the fish skin tribe (Hezhe ethnic group)
Women of the Hezhe ethnic minority marry in dresses of fish skin sewn with hand-twined animal tendons. Although made from primal material the finished article has many delicate flourishes, notably fret worked mosaics around the sleeves and waist. But why make a wedding dress out of fish skin? This is a cultural feature of the Hezhe minority, also called the "Fish Skin Tribe," the only ethnic minority to have cultivated the technique of... More
Buckle Knot and Chinese Knot Buckle Knot and Chinese Knot
The Chinese knot is a traditional auspicious knot artwork made by plaiting a string into a knot of diversified shapes. As a clasp made by plaiting cloth strips, the buckle knot is used in traditional garments such as Tang suit and cheongsam. Both Chinese knots and buckle knots are of artistry and practicability.The Chinese knot and buckle knot have become a symbol of China with their uniqueness and profound cultural connotations. Derived from th... More
Chain Suspenders of the Yao Nationality Chain Suspenders of the Yao Nationality
Silver made (Yao nationality in Longsheng County of Guangxi Autonomous Region).Used as decorative suspenders for kids.Hand made by folk artists.Adopts such techniques as casting and chisel carving mainly.Also carries such adornments as butterfly,fish,chick,fruit shaped pieces or bells. ... More
Charm of the Manchurians: on the foot or head? Charm of the Manchurians: on the foot or head?
The Manchu ethnic minority is mostly distributed in Northeast China's Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning Provinces, especially in Liaoning Province. The Manchu have their own language and letters. They are fond of singing and dancing from of old, and their ancient songs and dances mostly evolved from activities of hunting and battle. Qixie (Manchu shoes): ancestors of the Manchu had a convention of "making shoes out of wood". By the earl... More
Cheongsam Cheongsam
Cheongsam is one type of traditional Chinese female costumes. It is featured by stand collar, right side opening, fitting waist and slip bottom, which can fully set off the beauty of the female shape.Derived from the garment of bannermen in the Qing Dynasty, cheongsam was the basal garment for the Manchus in Northeast China. It was modified in early 20th century to be more suitable and comfortable yet retained the craftwork of traditional ones. ... More
Chinese Makeup for Lips Chinese Makeup for Lips
The shiny image of Zhang Ziyi in the movie the Banquet is impressive to many audiences. Her red and bright lips, short and dark eyebrows, and well decorated cheeks are the typical elements in the makeup popularized during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618—AD907).In ancient China, especially in the Tang Dynasty, there were seven steps in cosmetic makeup for the belles: powder base, applying color to the face, eye-brow darkening, applying “fore... More
Chinese Neck Ornaments Chinese Neck Ornaments
There are two types of ancient Chinese neck ornaments - circlets and necklaces. The form of a circlet is relatively simple and that of a necklace is more complex. ... More
Chinese Traditional Dress Through the Ages Chinese Traditional Dress Through the Ages
Each dynasty in China had its own memorable culture. The many facets of color and design that emerged during a dynasty's reign were marvelous and made every aspect of Chinese culture, including their wearing apparel, which were highly acclaimed works of art.The costumes of ancient China were emblems of Chinese tradition, as well as an essential element in the history and culture of each dynasty. The costumes maintained an important place in Chin... More
Chinese Tunic Suit Chinese Tunic Suit
The tunic suit has dominated Chinese fashion for many years and is known to Westerners as the "Mao tunic" or "Mao suit". It is a mistake, however, to associate the style with Mao Zedong. For it is called byithe Chinese them-selves "Zhongshan Zhuang" or "Zhongshan suit" as it was a uniform that Dr. Sun Yat-sen (better known among the Chinese as Sun Zhongshan) liked to wear and recommended to the people of t... More
Cloak on the head of the Jino women Cloak on the head of the Jino women
The Jino women wear a chicken-heart-shaped embroidered vest, covered by a collarless coat with blue, red, yellow and white lattices and with buttons down the front. For the lower part, they wear a red cloth purfled short skirt, and blue or black leggings. On the head is a manteau-like peaked hat reaching the shoulders. Such a hat looks very unique, something like the peaked hat on the wind coat in modern metropolises. It is made by a folio cloth... More
Clogs of Wenchang, Hainan: forefather of Japanese geta Clogs of Wenchang, Hainan: forefather of Japanese geta
In Wenchang County of Hainan Province in southern China, a famous hometown of overseas Chinese, there has always been a custom to wear clogs. Although the clogs are in the danger of being gradually eliminated, to be replaced by cloth shoes, leather shoes or plastic shoes, yet you can still see many people wearing clogs, whether in countryside or town. Clogs are a general term for shoes of wooden treads. Legend has it that in the Spring and Autum... More
Clothing and Ornaments of the Warring States Period Clothing and Ornaments of the Warring States Period
The Warring States Period Clothes for Refined Ladies Color-painted figures of refined ladies of the Warring States Period were excavated from a tomb of the Chu State in Yangtian Lake, Changsha, Hunan Province. The body was first carved out of wood before colors were applied and facial features and clothes were painted. The exquisite clothes give us a sense of what the clothes worn by ladies of the Chu State looked like. This straight-lapelled co... More
Clothing in the Song Dynasty Clothing in the Song Dynasty
This is a men's robe of the Song Dynasty. The camel yellow silk-lined robe has a palette of colors, including blue, green, black and white etc, all of which contrast nicely with one another. The patterns are lively and the sewing is exquisite. Kept intact, the robe is a top quality work of all excavated silk garments. The patterns are similar to those on the textiles of the 10th-13th century Persia and Byzantium. The patterns of overlapping coin... More
Clothing of Hui Ethnic Group: Neatest Ethnic Apparel Clothing of Hui Ethnic Group: Neatest Ethnic Apparel
The Hui people are one of the ethnic groups that worship Islam in China. Due to the discrepancy in region, gender and sects, their clothes have different styles and features. The Hui people often call clothing "yizhuo" or "chuandai" (dress or apparels).The clothing of Hui ethnic group has distinctive national features. They mainly comprise of waistcoat, Dasdar (the cloth wrapped on head), Maisaihai (leather) socks, Zhunbai (r... More
Clothing of the Dong Nationality Clothing of the Dong Nationality
Embroidered BlouseDong NationalityRongjiang,Guizhou ProvinceQing Dynasty ... More
Clothing of the Li Nationality Clothing of the Li Nationality
Woven Patterned BlouseLi NationalityTongzha,Hainan ProvinceLate 20th century ... More
Clothing of the Manchu Nationality Clothing of the Manchu Nationality
Clothing of the Manchu NationalityEmbroidered Gauze RobeManchu Nationality Qing Dynasty ... More
Clothing of the Oreqen Nationality Clothing of the Oreqen Nationality
Girl’s Pieced Skin Robe With Fur Trimmed HemOreqen NationalityHeilongjiang ProvinceLate 20th century ... More
Clothing of the Qiang Minority Clothing of the Qiang Minority
The Qiang minority mainly gathers in counties of Sichuan like Maoxian, Wenchuan, Lixian of the Aba (Ngawa) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture as well as in Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County in Mianyang City. Today's Qiang ethnic minority is the branch that keeps the Qiang ethnic name and best preserves its traditional culture of all ancient Qiang branches.Both Qiang men and women wear a flax long gown, which is usually white and similar to a... More
Clothing of the Tujia Nationality Clothing of the Tujia Nationality
Brocade Quilt CoverTujia NationalityLongshan,Hunan ProvinceLate 20th century ... More
Clothing of the Uygur Nationality Clothing of the Uygur Nationality
Woman's Red Velvet Robe with Embroidered HemUygur NationalityHarmi,Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous RegionQing Dynasty ... More
Cloud cape Cloud cape
The cloud cape is a kind of clothing fastened about the neck and covering the shoulders. It evolved from the Sui Dynasty. By the Qing Dynasty, the cloud cape had been extensively spread to all levels of the society, and become indispensable clothing for young women at weddings. Later on, the cloud cape is mostly worn for occasions to mark the climate and other natural phenomena of the seasons or at weddings.About the evolvement of the cloud cape... More
Coarse garment of the unrestrained Va people Coarse garment of the unrestrained Va people
Costume of the Va ethnic minority varies from place to place. In areas influenced greatly by the Han people, Va costume is similar to the Han's; in areas with great Dai's influence, it is similar to the Dai's. Only in Ximeng area of Yunnan Province, Va costume keeps much of its traditional feature. In the past, Va men practiced haircut, and wrapped the head with kerchiefs in black, white or red. They wore short jackets and loose, short trousers,... More
Collar Press of Shui Nationality Collar Press of Shui Nationality
Silver made,195g(Shui nationality,San-Du County in Guizhou Province).Used as an adornment on women's breast.Hand made by folk artists.Adopts such techniques as casting,chisel carving,inlaying and flower-shaped pattern enchasing. ... More
Collections of Embroidered Arched Shoes Collections of Embroidered Arched Shoes
Plain Silk Arched Shoes(2)Plain silk arched shoes with upturned heads and high soles.The Qing Dynasty,157mm long,curio. ... More
Corslet Corslet
Corslet is a sort of arming used to protect soldier's body in ancient battles. It is comprised of lorica and helm. Lorica is a garment made of leather or metal and provides the function of protecting the body, while helm is an armet used to protect the head. The combination of these two is referred to as armature. The appearance of corslet has close bearing on the following factors in late primitive society: the appearance of private ownership, ... More
Costumes of Bonan Nationality Costumes of Bonan Nationality
Influenced by the Mongolian nationality, early costumes of Bonan people were basically the same with those of the Mongolian nationality. Both men and women wore fur-lined gowns and various fur caps in winter, and lined gowns and tall flare felt caps in summer and autumn. They also wore multi-colored silk waistbands with trinkets.During the Xianfeng period in the Qing dynasty, Bonan people were living in Tongren, Qinghai province. Affected by cos... More
Costumes of Ethnic Minorities in China Costumes of Ethnic Minorities in China
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. ... More
Costumes of Gaoshan Nationality in Taiwan Costumes of Gaoshan Nationality in Taiwan
Gaoshan nationality in Taiwan, one of the ethnic minorities of China, has a population of more than 400,000. Descended from the Baiyue nationality in ancient China, Gaoshan nationality now comprises nine branches including Atayal, Amis, Bunun, Paiwan, Yami and so on. Gaoshan people still keep many distinctive traditional cultures, and beautiful clothing is one of them.Traditional costumes of Gaoshan people in Taiwan are in bright colors, especia... More
Costumes of Hani Nationality- Simple, Solemn, Splendid Costumes of Hani Nationality- Simple, Solemn, Splendid
In the traditional cultures of the Hani nationality, costume culture is one of the most distinctive elements. Hani costumes are not only of extraordinary splendour, but also with rich connotations, reflecting their own natural environment, ethnic history, farming activities, totemism, and social etiquettes and customs, etc.   ... More
Costumes of Huayao, Yi Nationality Costumes of Huayao, Yi Nationality
The paramos mountainous area in North Shiping County, Yunnan Province is a beautiful and magical place. Here lives the majority of a branch of Yi nationality named Huayao, of which the population is just over 30,000 in the whole world. In the long history, Huayao people have created a colorful, unique and self-contained costume culture. The splendid Huayao costumes consist of turban, big front robe, collar ornament, waistband, bellyband and embr... More
Court Dress in Qing Dynasty Court Dress in Qing Dynasty
Winter court hats of empress dowagers and empresses were made of fumed marten and sewn with red wefts. Their hats adorned with pearl, gold pheasant patterns, gems and jade ornaments had protective collar behind the neck with drooping bright yellow ribbons. Summer court hats were made of cyan velvet. Empress dowagers, queens and high-ranked imperial concubines used cyan sheets with gold-wrapped metal trims to decorate their court costumes; images... More
Dexterous needlework: an unusual way to go Dexterous needlework: an unusual way to go
Development of Chinese Embroidery Embroidery is a brilliant pearl in Chinese art. From the magnificent Dragon Robe worn by Emperors to the popular embroidery seen in today's fashions, embroidery adds so much pleasure to our life and our culture. The oldest embroidered product in China on record dates from the Shang Dynasty. Embroidery in this period symbolized social status. It was not until later on, as the national economy developed, that embr... More
Dragon Robe and Crown Dragon Robe and Crown
Dragon robe and crown is a sort of costume worn by emperors on the most important occasions in ancient China. Dragon robe refers to the noble dress decorated with rolling dragons while dragon crown is the noble hat. As a world-famous country of amenity, China has been attaching importance to various amenity-related activities since ancient times. Accordingly, costumes prepared for different amenity-related activities have developed into a c... More
Dressed up like an old Beijing resident Dressed up like an old Beijing resident
"Buddha needs to be decorated with gold, whereas human beings need to be decorated with clothes". "The four elements of life are clothing, food, residence and transportation, in which clothing comes first". These two old Chinese proverbs imply the significance of attire in Chinese culture. For Chinese, clothing is no longer just a necessity to keep warm. It represents a person's economical status and symbolizes an individual'... More
Embroidered Shoes Embroidered Shoes
Embroidered shoes, with beautiful decorative patterns on the uppers embroidered with colorful silk threads, is a perfect combination of the Shoe Culture and Embroidery Art.with beautiful decorative patterns on the uppers embroidered with colorful silk threads, is a perfect combination of the Shoe Culture and Embroidery Art. This unique handicraft of Chinese nation is deeply rooted in the national culture and functions as an article for daily use... More
Evolution of Caps in China Evolution of Caps in China
Cap was invented long ago in China. For example, in Chinese idioms, there are "Yi Guan Chu Chu" (neatly dressed both in clothes and in cap), and "Guan Mian Tang Huang (elegant and stately in dressing)", and so on. The "Guan" and "Mian" here refer to cap. The code of wearing caps was an important part in China's costume code: when a man reached the age of 20, he began to wear cap, and on that occasion ... More
Festive Attire of the Mongol Nationality Festive Attire of the Mongol Nationality
Woman’s Festive AttireMongol NationalityChaha’er,Inner Mongolian Autonomous RegionQing Dynasty ... More
Festive Attire of the Yuger Nationality Festive Attire of the Yuger Nationality
Woman’s Festive AttireYuger NationalityZhangye,Gansu ProvinceEarly 20th century ... More
Festive Clothes of the Miao Ethnic Group Festive Clothes of the Miao Ethnic Group
Festive clothes of the Miao ethnic group are the clothes worn at Miao festivals and sacrificial rituals or a bride's luxurious and gorgeous dresses worn at the wedding. The wedding dresses are also called "floral dresses". There are two categories in the Miao festive clothes: men's and women's.Blazing with colors, the Miao people's festive clothes are full of national flavors. The Miao people usually use white gunny, cotton o... More
Flat Buckle of She Nationality Flat Buckle of She Nationality
Silver made,16g,diameter:7.4cm(She nationality in Fujian Province).Used as an adornment and also a practical tool for women..In its center,there is a pattern as "two phoenixes flying towards a rising sun". ... More
Flower-and-silver cladded Dong bride Flower-and-silver cladded Dong bride
Precious Silver The Dong ethnic minority regards silver as the most precious of metals, and out of which the most dazzling jewelry is made. Families begin amassing silver jewelry, comprising corollas, hairpins, combs, chaplets, necklaces, bracelets, rings and earring for their daughters during childhood. Charming Dong Embroidery The embroidery on a Dong ethnic minority wedding gown keeps three stitchers busy for a month. It is too complicated a ... More
Flying to the world: changes in the dress of Chinese stewardess over the past 30 years Flying to the world: changes in the dress of Chinese stewardess over the past 30 years
It was in the 1970s that Chinese stewardesses appeared. Despite of the late start, the gap between Chinese stewardesses and those working for internationally advanced airlines has been narrowed down rapidly, which can be seen from their dress. Nowadays, wearing stewardess uniform is the dream of many girls; for them, flying in the blue sky in beautiful uniform with a charming smile is irresistibly tempting.  Stewardess in military uniform i... More
Forelock Styles of Ancient China Forelock Styles of Ancient China
In ancient China, women would pay no less attention to their forelock and earlock than they would pay to other parts of the body. Instead, a forelock style was the quite important part of their make-up, with different styles in different time periods. For instance, in the Qin Dynasty, solemn and tidy styles were all the rage. At that time, life and death were much related to wars. So both men and women would cut their hair on the temples at a ri... More
Fur costumes of the Oroqen ethnic group Fur costumes of the Oroqen ethnic group
The Oroqen people used to live on hunting. The long history of hunting life influenced the creation of their unique dressing culture. Clothing of the Oroqens, including hats, shoes and socks, are made of animal skins, of which the roe deer skin takes an important position. The clothing for summer, autumn and spring are made of skins of roe deer captured in summer, which is characterized by sparseness and shortness of its fur. The skin of the win... More
Fuzhou: hairstyle tells marital status Fuzhou: hairstyle tells marital status
In early times in Fuzhou, South China, yisao and yimei (married woman and unmarried woman) could be distinguished from each other according to their hairstyle. In the period after the Qing Dynasty and at the beginning of the Republic of China, married women there wore their hair in a bun while unmarried women wore their hair in a plait, which was a generally accepted custom, and no one should go against it. Those with a bun were called respectfu... More
Garments in Modern Times Garments in Modern Times
 Big Differences between Cities and CountrysideAfter the 1911 Revolution, the garments changed greatly, and the dresses and the official cap buttons were eliminated. Particularly, hair plait was cut off, but chi-pao (one-piece mandarin robe) still existed. The Blue Short Gown of schoolgirls was the main style, and it gradually became popular.        Along with the emergence of cinema, film stars became emi... More
Going to Their Heads — Magnificent Ethnic Headdresses of China Going to Their Heads — Magnificent Ethnic Headdresses of China
Dresses and accessories mark the lifestyles and production levels of the people of a geographic region during a historical period, and they vividly reflect the people's customs and aesthetic tastes. Headdresses play an important role in defining people and their cultures. The brilliant headdresses of China's minorities vary greatly, and each headdress reveals unique ethnical features, history, belief and culture. Through this article, we attempt... More
Gorgeous Yi costumes, pretty Yi girls Gorgeous Yi costumes, pretty Yi girls
There are many branches of the Yi minority group, so the costumes in different places vary. The costumes are unique and full of beautiful things. The women usually wear embroidered clothes, the necklines of which have silver flowers. They like to wrap their heads and wear ear-rings. Most Yi women in Yunnan wear trousers, except the ones who live in Xiao Liang Mountain who usually wear skirts. Some trousers have exquisite lace at the bottom. The ... More
Hair Accouterment of Kazakstan Nationality Hair Accouterment of Kazakstan Nationality
Silver made,160g(Kazakstan nationality,prevailing in Xinyuan County in Xinjiang Autonomous Region of PRC).Hand made by folk artists.Employs flower-shaped enchasing,inlaying,and enamel firing techniques.Used as hair decoration for brides. ... More
Hair Accouterment of Khalkhas Nationality Hair Accouterment of Khalkhas Nationality
Silver made,185g(Khalkhas nationality, prevailing in Ke-Zi-Le-Su inside Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region).Used as an accouterment on women's hair.Bears flower-shaped patterns and ethical words,which stand for "royal crown".Adopts casting and chisel carving techniques. ... More
Hair Ornaments of Ancient China Hair Ornaments of Ancient China
Before the Qing Dynasty, both Chinese men and women would wear their hair in a coiled bun and use a hairpin to keep it in place. And women's hair ornaments were more exquisite than men's. A variety of women's hairpin styles were recorded in ancient documents, including hairpins, hair clasps, buyaos (hairpins with pendants) and gold flowers etc.   Way back in the Neolithic Age, women began to use jewelries like hairpins. In the feudal s... More
Han Chinese Clothing Han Chinese Clothing
Han Chinese clothing, or Hanfu, refers to the clothing worn by the Han ethnic people from the ruling periods of the Three Emperors and Five Sovereigns to the Ming Dynasty. It was the traditional costume of the nation worn for millennia and representative of the characteristics of the Han nationality. Over thousands of years, the Han people created brilliant Hanfu culture with their wisdom.  For millennia, Han Chinese clothing retained its s... More
Headdress of the Miao ethnic group: symbol of womens life Headdress of the Miao ethnic group: symbol of womens life
The Miao nationality mostly live in the border areas of the provinces of southwest China. They have their own language. In the areas of the Miao nationality, they take farming as the main and hunting as supplementary. Their cross-stitch work, embroidery, brocade, batik, paper-cut, hand-made ornaments and so on are world famous for their elegant techniques. The headwear of the Miao nationality is all made of silver, with many varieties. Their hea... More
Heyday of Cheongsam in Shanghai Heyday of Cheongsam in Shanghai
♦ Heyday of Cheongsam in Shanghai: perceive traces from Hu DieSince it was opened as a commercial port in 1843, Shanghai, where both the Chinese and the westerners gathered, became one of the first cities that were exposed to western thoughts and fashion. Meanwhile, the clothing styles were undergoing underlying changes there. Later on, as more and more people went to Europe and Japan, western clothing styles were continuously introduced t... More
Historical Hair Ornaments and Their Social Connotations Historical Hair Ornaments and Their Social Connotations
Hairpins and hair clasps were everyday embellishments in old China. During the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911), women's hair ornaments expressed traditional Chinese thought and culture in exquisite, sophisticated techniques.   The generic term for hairpins and hair clasps is ji. A one bar ji keeps coiled hair in place, and a two bar ji is a feature of the hairstyle itself. Before the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) both Chinese men... More
History of Fabric History of Fabric
The Dai nationality used dark-red color cloth as wedding quilt (as well as the waist part of their wedding clothes), for this color symbolized vigorous child-bearing ability of their nation. (For the same reason, their wedding quilts were also using the same color.)The worship of the Naxi nationality is a tiger. It is said that their ancestor came from paradise riding on a tiger. When a man on the tiger was watched from the side, the figure form... More
Hundred family jacket - filled with blessings Hundred family jacket - filled with blessings
In some parts of China, an old tradition still exists. Chinese parents believe that their children can have a healthy and bright future if they can receive blessings from many people, so there is a tradition of eating hundred-family meal and dressing the babies hundred-family jacket. When a woman is to give birth, she and her own mother begin to collect 100 pieces of fabric to fashion a baby jacket called a bai jia yi --one hundred family jacket... More
Jino people: rainbow garment for women, sun-moon pattern for men Jino people: rainbow garment for women, sun-moon pattern for men
Jino women usually wear collarless jackets buttoned down the front, with the upper sleeves made of black or white cloth while the lower part of cloth in seven colors such as red, blue, yellow and white. Besides, they wear short skirts hemmed with red lace. A piece of foursquare white cloth with each side of 3 inches wide is sewn to the back of the coat and the cloth is embroidered with a round moon pattern. Inside the coat there is bellyband-lik... More
Kangba Tibetans: put on colorful costumes Kangba Tibetans: put on colorful costumes
Kangba, a branch of Tibetan Ethnic Minority, is mainly situated in the southeast of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and some areas of Sichuan, Yunnan, and Qinghai Provinces. Many renowned rivers like Jinsha, Lancang, and Dadu over 4,000 meters high are in Kangba areas. The Kangba costume is distinctive in its exaggerated styles, bright colors, and sorts of primitive, simple and delicate decorations. Every Tibetan can be regarded as an excellent designer a... More
Kirgiz costumes: garments of a romantic nomadic tribe Kirgiz costumes: garments of a romantic nomadic tribe
Kirgiz women mostly like red and usually wear short clothes, sometimes one-piece dresses. The shirts are loose with stand-up collars. The clothes are simple, but made of dainty and high quality cloth. There are silver buttons on the neck. The dresses are made into cylinders with the top bound at the waist and the bottom lined with furs. The undergarments have large collars that can be seen under the wide collars of the waistcoats. And there are ... More
Lacquer Comb in Eastern Han Dynasty Lacquer Comb in Eastern Han Dynasty
Combs are one of the indispensable tools in daily life. The lacquer comb is simply decorated and used to be a daily article for women of the upper class. ... More
Lahu ethnic group: dark complexion preferred Lahu ethnic group: dark complexion preferred
The Lahu ethnic minority lives mainly in Yunnan Province, South China. In the very early period, they lived a nomadic life. Later on, they followed the exuberant grassland southward, and settled in the drainage area of the Lancang River in the south. Their habiliment reflects the nomadic culture of the minority at the earlier stage, and also shows their farming style in modern times. Taking Black as the Major Color The Lahu people like black col... More
Leisure clothes of the Shui ethnic group Leisure clothes of the Shui ethnic group
Men of the Shui ethnic minority mostly wear casual clothes with cloth buttons down the front. They usually wear blue or green clothes, a black or blue turbans and pailform pants. However, nowadays, quite a few men wear Sun Yat-sen Uniform (a military uniform-like dress with a closed collar). Young women like to wear a light blue, green or gray gown reaching the knees, black trousers, a long embroidered apron over the chest and a silver necklace ... More
Li Minoritys Traditional Cotton Spinning, Weaving, Dyeing and Embroidering Techniques Li Minoritys Traditional Cotton Spinning, Weaving, Dyeing and Embroidering Techniques
Hainai Li Ethnic Minority Group's weaving and dyeing techniques have a long history and have unique features. They mainly produce linen textiles, cotton textiles, brocade, printing and dyeing products (including tie-dyeing), embroideries and long quilt (big belt, a kind of brocade, the most difficult one). Li women are good at spinning and weaving, and especially show ingenuity in spinning and weaving bombax cotton and local cotton. As early as ... More
Make-up tips of the women in the Tang Dynasty Make-up tips of the women in the Tang Dynasty
Facial makeup was an elaborate process for Tang Dynasty women. It began with a foundation of face powder, followed by rouge and a dusting of light yellow powder. Bluish black eyebrows were then painstakingly painted in, lipstick applied, and dimples either added or accentuated. Last was an ornamental design either pasted or painted on the forehead. Although facial makeup had not been invented in the Tang Dynasty, it advanced during this progress... More
Mans Girdle of Luoba Nationality Mans Girdle of Luoba Nationality
A traditional waist decoration for men of Luoba nationality.Hand made by folk artists.Its main body is made of cowhide,and bears conchs,ground big-size spiral cases and johnites.Also bears an iron-made chain for hooking a knife. ... More
Maonan people: clothes is viewed as ones soul Maonan people: clothes is viewed as ones soul
The Maonan minority group is located in the mountainous areas of Guanxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It is a traditional agricultural group. Every family used to have a weaving machine and plant blue grass for to dye and make coarse clothes such as different kinds of coats and dresses. Maonan girls learn to spin and weave when they are young. Their abilities are measured by the quality and quantity of the clothes they make. The Maonan costume varie... More
Miao bride: donning on lifetime belongings Miao bride: donning on lifetime belongings
The fine embroidery and intricate silver ornamentation of Miao ethnic minority wedding costumes impress many of the domestic and overseas visitors to Miao villages. The Miao people invest their assets in silver jewelry, in the form of the ornately carved collars, lockets and bangles worn by Miao women, in accordance with the belief that, "women should be adorned with silver and flowers,"on their wedding day and other grand festive occa... More
Miao bride: five steps to make a bridal dress Miao bride: five steps to make a bridal dress
A wedding gown of Miao bride is made in five stages. The first is that of selecting fabrics and a dress maker, buying embroidery needles and threads and tailoring the cloth. The second is deciding a pattern, which gives Miao women the chance to display their creative aesthetic skills. The third, and most laborious stage is the embroidery itself, which broadly consists of flat and relief stitches, and plaited crape and patch print works. A weddin... More
Miao silver: a poem written with silver Miao silver: a poem written with silver
A saying of the Miao ethnic group goes like this: the beauty of golden pheasants lies in their feather, and girls of the Miao minority their silver ornaments. When walking in hustling markets, lanes paved with slates or mountain paths within the region inhabited by the Miao ethnic minority, you will come across women and girls who are in Miao ethnic costumes decorated with laces and silver ornaments. The sparkling and clanking silver ornaments w... More
Modernity that is cladded on- Chinese Dress Since 1949 Modernity that is cladded on- Chinese Dress Since 1949
China has become the world's largest manufacturer and consumer of clothing. Large cities not only feature various domestic and overseas famous brand franchise stores, but also countless stands selling low-cost clothes. When the People's Republic of China was established, China's intelligentsia was fond of both Western-style suits and Chinese-style robes. Cheongsams were particularly popular among women. Traditional Styles began to Change As new ... More
Obsessed with the tiptoe - stories about embroidered shoes Obsessed with the tiptoe - stories about embroidered shoes
In the shoe family, Chinese-style embroidered shoes, which have been deemed as a perfect combination of the shoe culture and the art of embroidery, are a 100-percent handicraft creation by Chinese people. Deeply rooted in Chinese culture, they are reputed as "Chinese shoes". In ancient China, ever since the matrilineal society was replaced by a patrilineal one, the social division of labor has been based on men ploughing and women weav... More
Open your mind, catch your eyes - Costumes in the 20th Century Open your mind, catch your eyes - Costumes in the 20th Century
Changes in fashions throughout civilization might appear to be trivial. But such vivid costumes provide us with a great interpretation of history. Each change in clothing style helped transform people's minds and defined the respective eras' youth. Such vivid costumes provide us with a great interpretation of history. In the 20th century, when there were tremendous changes in China and many people with high ideals sought to rescue the nation, We... More
Ornaments in the Jin Dynasty Ornaments in the Jin Dynasty
Unearthed from Tomb No. 1 and No. 2 of Fangshen, Beipiao, Liaoning Province there are ornaments in the Jin Dynasty such as gold earrings, gold beads, gold rings, gold thimbles etc. The earrings are 2.7cm in diameter and the beads is 1.2cm high. ... More
Ornaments in the Tang Dynasty Ornaments in the Tang Dynasty
The silver ornaments with design of plucked branches and flowers are adornment on lacquer wood treasure box. It is well made and of top quality among all craftworks in the Tang Dynasty. ... More
Ornaments in the Western Zhou Dynasty Ornaments in the Western Zhou Dynasty
The clothes and accessories of the Western Zhou Dynasty aristocrats were rather exquisite. This jade ornament with dragon design says it all. The whole piece of jade is of top quality and the design is remarkably elaborate. The two dragon heads are on both sides, with their tails intertwined. The dragons are bending and swimming. The lifelike jade ornament is made with smooth craftsmanship.  ... More
Ornaments of love dressed up the ancients Ornaments of love dressed up the ancients
As the men of ancient China, had freedom of movement and women were confined to the house, husbands, wives and lovers often exchanged love tokens to keep the flame of love burning while they were apart. ... More
Phoenix Coronet Phoenix Coronet
In ancient times, the coronet was not confined to the male only. At first, the coronet was mostly worn by females in the palace. Emperor Qin Shi Huang once ordered all his concubines to wear Furong (lotus) coronet in summer, decorated with the ornaments woven from the five-colored pith plant.Among the women coronet decorations used in ritual ceremony, the phoenix coronet enjoyed the supreme position. Over a long period of time, it was regarded b... More
Phoenix headdress of the She women Phoenix headdress of the She women
The She ethnic minority is mostly distributed in Fujian Province, Zhejiang Province, Guangdong Province and other provinces in South China. The hairstyle of married women of the She minority is very complicated, made by adding a lot of wigs. First, the hair is divided into two parts from front to back, the back part accounting for about two thirds. In between is placed a bamboo shoot spool about 20 cm long and 2 cm in diameter, wrapped with a bl... More
Pulu Costumes of Menba Nationality Pulu Costumes of Menba Nationality
Menba nationality has a close relationship with the Tibetan nationality. Its customs are strongly influenced by it, but are still unique in many ways. Costumes of the Menba nationality are usually made of pulu, a kind of woolen fabric that Tibetan people use to make clothes and cushions. For Menba people, various splendid pulus are necessities of daily life.Men in Menyu area like to wear a kind of hat called Balaga. Balaga has blue or black pulu... More
Pumi ethnic group: jacket is the usual apparel Pumi ethnic group: jacket is the usual apparel
Young women all wear short jackets, which are mainly white, black, and red, buttoned on the right, narrow-sleeved and high-collared. Adult women wear further shawls and aprons with plaited laces. In some areas, women wear close-fitting plaited skirts reaching the insteps. Women wear very long waistbands, both ends of which are embroidered with patterns of flowers. When seeking a spouse, waistbands often serve as keepsakes. Adult women love to we... More
Put on a little Uygur flower hat Put on a little Uygur flower hat
Colorful cap is part of the Uygur ethnic minority's habiliment, and also one of the symbols of the minority. As early as the Tang Dynasty (618-907), most males of the Western Regions wore a pointed-topped felt hat with a turnup edge, quite similar to the present-day "Sipianwa". By the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), owing to the influence of Arabian and Central Asian culture, men of the Uygur ethnic minority had begun to shave their heads an... More
Rainbow-colored and Feathered-Costume Dance - 14 varieties of silk Rainbow-colored and Feathered-Costume Dance - 14 varieties of silk
Ancient silk generally gets its name from its frame, line and color. Modern silk continues to use old names, such as Zhou, Ling, Ti and Juan. But there are also some loan words, such as georgette, taffeta and so on. At present, based on the silk's structure, material, processing technique, appearance and use, there are 14 main kinds of silk, including Sha, Luo, Ling and Juan. 1. Sha, which is also called plain gauze, is all or partly woven by we... More
Raincoats of Ancient China Raincoats of Ancient China
According to historical documents, people began to use raincoats way back in the Zhou Dynasty. The earliest forms of Chinese raincoats were made of straw and they were called "straw rain capes" or "coir rain capes". Originally, rain capes were made of Chinese silvergrass. Along with the progress of times, a couple of materials were found suitable for making rain capes. But straw rain capes were still used, especially among fa... More
Red-Painted Fingernails Red-Painted Fingernails
The art of fingernail painting is a tradition spanning from ancient time to the present: women in ancient China favored red colored fingernails and today painted fingernails are a fashionable trend for women.The beauty of women's fingers possesses a special charm. In ancient China, clothes covered almost the whole body of a person, except for the face and hands. Perhaps this is why so many renowned works usually focused on the fingers when descr... More
Salmon Fish Skin Jacket and Trousers Salmon Fish Skin Jacket and Trousers
Man's Salmon Fish Skin Jacket and Trousers with AppliqueHezhen NationalityTongjiang,Heilongjiang ProvinceLate 20th century ... More
Scarf of the Yao nationality Scarf of the Yao nationality
The scarf of the Yao nationality, known as "帕" (pà, kerchief) and popular in Jinxiu, Guangxi province, was prevalent during the rein of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty. The rectangular 77cm*56cm scarf is made of hand-stitched brocade, covered with hand-stitched patterns against the background of black cloth, and decorated with 5cm-long tassels of black threads at two ends and 20cm-long tassels at four corners. The scarf mostly ... More
Secret of Attraction Secret of Attraction
Feminine beauty has been celebrated over the centuries in China and the perception is ever-evolving, but an enduring beauty standard is as follows: a rosy plump oval face, new-moon-shaped eyebrows, delicate and soft limbs and fingers, and fine porcelain skin. More than skin deep, a Chinese beauty should also have good manners, temperament, tastes, and style of conversation.Perfect Facial FeaturesFaceIt is long held in Chinese ancient painting th... More
Sexy Lady on the Sunny Beach – Huian Women Sexy Lady on the Sunny Beach – Huian Women
Hui'an, a seaside county on the coast of Huidong Peninsula in Quanzhou of Fujian province, is home to a special group of people—Hui'an Women, who are best known for their unique clothing. Originated from the Minyue culture, Hui’an women's clothing also contains the essence of the central plain and sea cultures. It is kept well alive after over 1,000 years' evolvement and inheritance. The overall style of the clothing was shaped in th... More
Shanghai: Chinas fashion capital Shanghai: Chinas fashion capital
Many people said Shanghai was the “Paris of the East” also said that “Bai jiu was a tasty drink…so we’ll let you decide. Fashion, however, is on the lips of everyone in the area, and should you find yourself anywhere in China, Shanghai’s ascent into the ranks of a fashion capital will no doubt be a hot topic. After Milan, Paris, London and New York, Shanghai is going to claim and candidate to become the Orien... More
Silver eardrops of the Tu ethnic group: number stressed Silver eardrops of the Tu ethnic group: number stressed
Gold, silver or copper earrings worn by women of the Tu ethnic minority are decorated with patterns, inlaid with red coral or emerald, with five-colored beads hanging on them, and tassels are fastened on the beads. The most dainty should be the "seven up and nine down" or "five up and seven down" type of silver eardrops: several clusters of five-colored porcelain beads string the earrings together, and the long bead clusters ... More
Silver Ornaments of the Dai Ethnic Group Silver Ornaments of the Dai Ethnic Group
Silver made,2,180g.(Dai Nationality,in Dehong prefecture in Yunnan Provine).Used as an adornment for brides.Hand made by folk artists.Adopts such main techniques as chisel carving,engraving and plating etc. ... More
Silver Ornaments of the Miao Ethnic Group Silver Ornaments of the Miao Ethnic Group
The Miao girls fancy silver ornaments, and wherever they live, their dresses, especially their silver jewelries, will become the local highlights and cultural sight. The silver ornament civilization of Miao has been handed down ever since the Qin and Han Dynasties, and today it is ever more colorful. The Miao women usually wear their silver crown, circlet, clothes, bracelets and chains all over their body, the more and heavier the better, to sho... More
Silver Ornaments of the Yi Nationality Silver Ornaments of the Yi Nationality
Silver made,560g (Yi nationality in Yuanyang county in Yunnan Province).Used as an adornment for brides.Composed of 6 groups of decorative patches.Carries other falling down decorative pieces shaped as silver leaf,fringe or silver coin.Stands for prosperity and good luck.Employs such main techniques as casting and chisel carving. ... More
Song Brocade of Suzhou Song Brocade of Suzhou
Song Brocade refers to the brocade developed since the Song Dynasty. With Suzhou as its major production area, it is thus called Song Brocade of Suzhou. As an ancient city of silk famous in China, Suzhou has been recognized as the land of brocade and satins. Song Brocade of Suzhou is characterized by bright color, exquisite pattern, and solid but soft texture. Song Brocade of Suzhou, Yun (cloud-pattern) Brocade of Nanjing, and Shu Brocade of Sic... More
Tang Suit Tang Suit
The term“tang suit”is originated from abroad. A Chinatown is a section of an urban area associated with a large number of Chinese within a city outside the majority. The local people always named the Chinatown as“town of people from Tang Dynasty”(唐人街)and called these Chinese“people from Tang Dynasty”(in Chinese唐人) since Tang dynasty was the most thriving, prosperous, splendid, and glorious period of ancient Ch... More
Tattoo Tattoo
Tattoo, also called "Wenshen" or  "Chiqing", refers to piercing sharp tools like pin into the skin and color it so as to form a variety of patterns and veins.In China, many ethnic groups have the tradition of tattooing. The tattoos of different ethnic groups possess their distinctive regional characteristics and have their own folk legends. The ancient Chinese regarded dragon as the god in charge of water, so people in W... More
Ten tokens of love for ancient Chinese maidens Ten tokens of love for ancient Chinese maidens
In ancient China, engagement was an important social rite where man and woman confirm marital ties, next only to official marriage in significance. Marital ties were made by following “parents' order and on the matchmaker's word”. However, maidens in the age of adolescence had the tradition of pledging in love with tokens of love. Under the pressure of the society, young men and women would deliver tokens of love in private. Others j... More
The Ancient Art of Womens Underwear The Ancient Art of Womens Underwear
Underwear had a discrete niche within ancient Chinese costumery. The ingeniously demure styles, bold colors and ornamentation of delicately crafted undergarments reflected the refined approach of ancient Chinese women towards life, beauty and love, as well as their creativity.Underwear, unlike outer garments, which were strictly prescribed according to ritual and rank, offered women the chance to dress according to their mood. All women, regardl... More
The Bai Ethnic Clothing:Ethnic Group that Dons Love on the Body The Bai Ethnic Clothing:Ethnic Group that Dons Love on the Body
The color white is favored by both men and women of the Bai ethnic group when it comes to clothing. The Bai ethnic dresses are mostly light in color, forming stark contrast with dark colors that are used as a complement. The dresses, with strongly contrasted yet perfectly matched colors, are adorned with elaborate cross-stitch embroidery. Most dresses are edged with lace. They may be intricately decorated, yet looking quite orderly.The clothes f... More
The Chic Headwear of the Tu Ethnic Minority The Chic Headwear of the Tu Ethnic Minority
The Tu ethnic minority, mainly distributed in the east of Qinghai Province and some parts of Gansu Province of China, is a minority with a long historic standing. At first, they were engaged in animal husbandry, and later began to develop agriculture. Farming on mountainous farmland has become a typical character of the economy of the Tu ethnic minority. Chic and Artistic Headwear The Tu women lay stress on headwear, and the fashion varies a lot... More
The Clothing of the Zhuang Minority The Clothing of the Zhuang Minority
The Zhuang minority is an agriculture-oriented ethnic group by tradition, with a long history in handicrafts like spinning, weaving and printing, dyeing etc. The Zhuang people mainly live in Guangxi, which is between the central and south subtropical monsoon regions. Due to the warm weather in Guangxi, the Zhuang ethnic clothing is characterized by a blue-black short outfit of a jacket and pants or of a jacket and skirt. And due to the integrati... More
The Craft on Clothings of the National Minorities The Craft on Clothings of the National Minorities
The women of the national minorities excel in these crafts.Pringting and dyeing in either monochrome paper matrix printing or color-process block printing are two different methods.In Za Ran(tie-dyeing),sewn and folded designs are immersed in dyestuff,and in La Ran(batik),wax-coated designs placed are in vats filled with dye materials.Examples of these processes may be found in Uygur nationality's polychrome printing,the Bai nationality's Za Ran... More
The Dai Brocade The Dai Brocade
The Dai brocade is a kind of folk handicraft popular among the Dai ethnic people. Either woven on cotton cloth or silk, the Dai brocade is an age-old hand-weaving technique, with the design of patterns being realized by superb weaving skills. The rigorously-arranged patterns are mostly on one side and started at the weft.To make the Dai brocade, the Dai women tie the patterns onto what they call a "pattern board" with fine strings befo... More
The Dai Ethnic Clothing The Dai Ethnic Clothing
The river valleys and plains in the south and west of Yunnan Province are home to most ethnic minorities in the province. The areas where the Dai ethnic people live are mainly in tropical or subtropical zones that are best known for the warm weather, luxuriant mountain forests and abundant products. These geological features are fully reflected in the Dai ethnic clothing, which is beautiful and quietly elegant and at the same time, comfortable t... More
The drooping charm of Mongolian women - lianchui The drooping charm of Mongolian women - lianchui
Mongolian women often use a branched wooden stick as their headwear. The branched end is wrapped with cotton into a knot, and then is sewn up with a piece of cloth. When a girl gets married, she will undo her pigtail and separate her hair in halves from the middle, with each half plaited into many small tails. Put the tails on one side over this wooden knot evenly, use a leather lace to fasten them under the knot, and then the hair and wooden st... More
The enamored charm of ancient Chinese ladies - underwear The enamored charm of ancient Chinese ladies - underwear
Underwear had a discrete niche within ancient Chinese costumes. The ingeniously demure styles, bold colors and ornamentation of delicately crafted undergarments reflected the refined approach of ancient Chinese women towards life, beauty and love, as well as their creativity. Underwear, unlike outer garments, which were strictly prescribed according to ritual and rank, offered women the chance to dress according to their mood. All women, regardl... More
The evolvement of Chinese womens hairstyle The evolvement of Chinese womens hairstyle
From the end of the Guangxu Period till the beginning of Republic of China (1908 – 1912),the popular bun types of Chinese women included luoji(spiral bun), baoji(pack bun), lianhuanji(interlinking bun), chaotianji(skyward bun), yuanbaoji(yuanbao-shaped bun; yuanbao is a shoe-shaped gold or silver ingot), baoyuji (abalone-shaped bun), xiangguaji (muskmelon-shaped bun), kongxinji (hollow bun), panbianji (bun formed by rounding the tail), mia... More
The fancy patterns on cheongsam The fancy patterns on cheongsam
Peony Peony is a very common design for Chinese ladies' clothing. Chinese people love peony since more than 5000 years and it is the most favored flower in China. So peony was choosed as Chinese National Flower. Peony symbolizes richness and prosperity. Lotus Chinese people - and other people in the world too - love the Lotus flower. In Tibet even Lotus is a sacred flower. It is worshiped by the people of Tibet because it stands for purity and h... More
The Fish Skin Costumes of the Hoche People The Fish Skin Costumes of the Hoche People
The Hoche nationality is an ethnic minority group with a long history in China's northeastern regions. It is mainly distributed in Raohe and Fuyuan Counties in Heilongjiang Province. The Hoche people living on riverbanks still make a living by fishing, with people of all ages and both sexes being expert fish catchers. They catch and eat fish, build houses, boats and clothes with fish skin. Thus, the Hoche people were historically known as a &quo... More
The long headcloth of Achang people: arrow aiming at the sun The long headcloth of Achang people: arrow aiming at the sun
Influenced by the neighboring Dai and Han people, men in Achang ethnic minority tend to wear blue, white or black jackets which button down the front, and black trousers. The unmarried like to wear white coif, yet the married people like to wear deep blue coif. Young adults prefer to wear 40 to 50 cm long headcloth behind their heads pinned with one or two flowers. A man going out with an Achang knife is handsome and powerful. Married women gene... More
The Mandarin Jacket The Mandarin Jacket
The mandarin jacket is a kind of men's short jacket worn over the long gown in former times. The sleeves of the navel-length jacket cover little more than the elbows, making it convenient for riding a horse, hence the name of the jacket in Chinese—magua (riding jacket). This style of jacket was limited to soldiers of the "Eight Banners" in the early days of the Qing Dynasty. During the reign of Emperor Kangxi, wealthy men began t... More
The Origins of Manchu Chopine The Origins of Manchu Chopine
Manchu women have long had a reputation for being tall and slender. This may be because in former times they wore platform-soled shoes, tall hair styles and close-fitting cheongsams. There is a legend behind the height-enhancing shoes associated with Manchu women.A queen named Duoluo Ganzhu is credited with inventing the forerunner to the distinctive chopine style of shoe. Her father was chief of a tribe that lived in Akedun city in the Mudanjia... More
The Red Bridal Veil The Red Bridal Veil
In ancient China, a bride was supposed to wear a red veil made of a piece of exquisite red silk cloth at her wedding. The veil was meant to be removed by the bridegroom in the bridal chamber. The earliest forms of women's veils appeared in the Qi Dynasty of the Northern and Southern Dynasties for keeping cold away. Such a veil covered little more than the top of the head. In the Tang Dynasty, the veil evolved into a hat with a piece of curtain-l... More
The Sani Womens Huabaotou The Sani Womens Huabaotou
The Sani is a branch of the Yi ethnic minority. Huabaotou (colored turban) of the Sani women is still an important part of girls' habiliment now, just like the legendary Ahshima (a goddess of love in the national myth). Huabaotou is usually made by ingenious girls themselves. It is about three meters long and about 0.17 meter wide. A piece of black cloth is used as the base, and on it are embroidered many colored stripes. The workmanship of the ... More
The secret weapon of the Manchu Gege - Manchu Chopine The secret weapon of the Manchu Gege - Manchu Chopine
Manchu women have long had a reputation for being tall and slender. This may be because in former times they wore platform-soled shoes (Manchu chopine), tall hair styles and close-fitting cheongsams. There is a legend behind the height-enhancing shoes associated with Manchu women. ... More
The symbol of the social status of ancient Chinese men - caps The symbol of the social status of ancient Chinese men - caps
Cap was invented long ago in China. For example, in Chinese idioms, there are "Yi Guan Chu Chu" (neatly dressed both in clothes and in cap), and "Guan Mian Tang Huang (elegant and stately in dressing)", and so on. The "Guan" and "Mian" here refer to cap. The code of wearing caps was an important part in China's costume code: when a man reached the age of 20, he began to wear cap, and on that occasion there... More
Tibetan bride: glittering with jewels Tibetan bride: glittering with jewels
As wearing gold and precious stones is considered auspicious for Tibetan brides, jewelry is a main aspect of the Tibetan wedding trousseau. The groom presents his bride with her wedding gowns and jewelry, including bracelets, rings, the bazhu headdress and a silver gawu amulet, the day before the wedding. The bride wears a gown with or without sleeves, depending upon the season, with a colorful apron at the waist and an abundance of gold, silver... More
Tibetan Clothing and Ornaments Tibetan Clothing and Ornaments
Long-standing and unique Tibetan clothing and ornaments are featured by diversified styles and patterns as well as bright color. It is traditional costume formed from ancient times under the influence of climate in the area, people's production activities and the religious culture. Ordinary dress with distinctive ethnic features is the Tibetan-style robe, which is characterized by long sleeves, loose waist and large lapel. Moreover, faconne... More
Tibetan Play Costumes Tibetan Play Costumes
Although not having the fixed tradition, Tibetan play costumes suitcases are diverse and colorful, and carry distinct national styles and features of the snow-covered plateau.The blue-mask Tibetan play costumes, like Tibetan costumes, feature loose waist, long sleeves and tilted front, have arm(s) uncovered, use gorgeous and strong colors, emphasizes combination of patterns, and are adorned with animal skin, gold and silver, jewelry, ivory and g... More
Tiger Hats for Tots Tiger Hats for Tots
2010 is the Year of the Tiger on the lunar calendar. It begins on February 14, 2010 and ends on February 2, 2011. The tiger is the third of twelve animal signs in the Chinese Zodiac. Regarded as the king of beasts, the tiger's power and dignity command the respect of humans and animals alike. People of ancient China would paste tiger images on their doorways to ward off misfortune. It is still customary in many rural areas to dress infants in ti... More
Togae Togae
Togae is the garment worn by officials on official occasions in ancient China. They have strict specifications and can be distinguished from designs, colors and patterns.Togae was a crucial part of ritual system in ancient China. Grande toilette appeared in the Shang-Zhou Period in China, and adornments and special patterns on emperor's grande toilette were prescribed in patriarchal clan and ritual system in the Western Zhou Dynasty. It was also... More
Toudai - the pride of Ordos women Toudai - the pride of Ordos women
The headdress for Ordos women, commonly called "toudai" (literally, head wear), is the choice piece of Mongolian ornaments as well as the pride of the Ordos people. Toudai includes six parts: hair hoop, back shield, earmuff, pendant, horsehair and eardrops. Hair hoop, the circle on top of the head on the topside of the headwear, varies in size with the head. It is usually as wide as three or four fingers, made of black cloth lining or ... More
Traditional Bellyband Traditional Bellyband
Bellyband,once used by the ancients for sheltering,has later become the underwear to keep the belly warm and protect the breast.The Unicorn Feet drawn by Zhou Fang(the Tang Dynasty) and the Spring Children drawn by Su Zhuo and Su Hanchen(the Song Dynasty) depict vividly a picture of children wearing bellybands.In fact,especially females,also wear bellybands after the Western Qin Dynasty.Bellyband is famous far its excellent workmanship and exqui... More
Traditional Chinese Embroidery Patterns Traditional Chinese Embroidery Patterns
Patterns are a special language and a branch of cultural categories. Profound ideological connotations are contained in the composition of patterns. Different patterns emerged as a result of differences in country, ethnic group and aesthetic taste. The traditional Chinese embroidery patterns were fostered on the specific foundation of Chinese culture, with its appearance and inheritance deeply affected by many factors in Chinese society, includi... More
Tu people: 7-color sleeves for women, and eagle-beak hat for men Tu people: 7-color sleeves for women, and eagle-beak hat for men
Women's clothes of Tu people are more colorful than men's. Their usual costume is a short jacket with buttons down the side. The jackets have sleeves made up of cloth in the seven colors of the rainbow: black, green, yellow, white, blue, orange and red. In addition, they tie a long, wide colorful band around the waist, sometimes add a black, purple or laced blue waistcoat, and wear a bright red plaited skirt with a white lace. The... More
Womans Batik Dress of the Bouyei Nationality Womans Batik Dress of the Bouyei Nationality
Woman's Batik DressBouyei NationalityZhenning,Guizhou ProvinceLate 20th century ... More
Womans Coronal of Tajike Nationality Womans Coronal of Tajike Nationality
151g(Tajike nationality in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region),used by women as a hair decoration when attending important events.Its main body is silver made and bears gold plating,inlaid gems and peacook’s plumes.Adopts such main techeniques as casting,coining and inlaying etc. ... More
Womans Coronal of Xibo Nationality Womans Coronal of Xibo Nationality
Silver made,63g.( Xibo nationality,prevailing in Qapqal and other places in Xinjiang Autonomous Region of PRC).Employs flower-shaped enchasing,inlaying,chisel carving and gold plating techniques.Bears a pattern ”two dragons playing with a pearl” which looks true life. ... More
Womens Clothing in the Water Towns of Jiangnan Womens Clothing in the Water Towns of Jiangnan
China's Jiangnan area has many water towns, of which Zhouzhuang and Luzhi are the representative ones. The traditional costumes and ornaments of local women are featuring strong water town flavor. They like to wrap the head with a floral towel or blue cloth, wear a side opening jacket, and tie a pleated apron around the waist with two colored ribbons at the back drooping to the knees; the tips of the ribbons are decorated with red and green tass... More
Wooden Fish Wooden Fish
Wooden fish is a percussion instrument made of a hollow wooden block originally used by Buddhist priest to beat rhythm when chanting scriptures. These are two kinds of wooden fish: one is round in shape with scales carved on it. It is said that fishes don't close their eyes when sleeping to remind the chanting monks to be concentrated. The other is rectangle in shape, suspending in front of the dinning hall of a Buddhist temple. When having... More
Wooden Sandals Wooden Sandals
In Wenchang County of Hainan Province in southern China, a famous hometown of overseas Chinese, there has always been a custom to wear wooden sandals.  Although the wooden sandals are in the danger of being gradually eliminated, to be replaced by cloth shoes, leather shoes or plastic shoes, yet you can still see many people wearing wooden sandals, whether in countryside or town.Muji is a general term for shoes of wooden treads. Legend has i... More
Xunpu girls in Fujian: decorating hair with gorgeous flowers Xunpu girls in Fujian: decorating hair with gorgeous flowers
A small coastal fishing village that is about ten miles away from Quanzhou, Xunpu still keeps its rich traditions. Women of Xunpu, whose hairdo has been unique and often attracts interests and admiration of tourists, have become a landmark image of local people who live on fishing, and is part of a tourist campaign to promote the coastal tourism business in Quanzhou. However, Xunpu women are also managing to carry on their hairdo customs down to... More
Yugu ethnic group: hat decoration matters Yugu ethnic group: hat decoration matters
Yugur women usually wear a high-collared long gown, generally in green or blue, with embroidered design, and a bright-colored jacket over the long gown. They also wear a hat with decoration of lace and flowery design. Women in splendid attire wear wide-edged flatcaps with red tassel. A woman of marriageable age combs her hair into many small pigtails, while she'll arrange her hair into three big ones, with two thrown over the chest and one over ... More
Yun(cloud-patterned) Brocade of Nanjing Yun(cloud-patterned) Brocade of Nanjing
Of all the ancient drapery, brocade represents the highest techniques. Incorporating weaving techniques of all dynasties, Yun Brocade of Nanjing is called "Cloud Brocade" in Chinese. The Chinese name derives from the omniform patterns which are as beautiful as rosy clouds. It is also said that the name originates in the cloud-patterns which often appear in the brocade. As the quintessence of Chinese weaving techniques, Yun Brocade of N... More
Cheongsam (旗袍) Cheongsam (旗袍)
Cheongsam is one type of traditional Chinese female costumes. It is featured by stand collar, right side opening, fitting waist and slip bottom, which can fully set off the beauty of the female shape.Derived from the garment of bannermen in the Qing Dynasty, cheongsam was the basal garment for the Manchus in Northeast China. It was modified in early 20th century to be more suitable and comfortable yet retained the craftwork of traditional ones.... More
Chinese Culture and Art in Movie: The Past and Present of Cheongsam (Qipao) Chinese Culture and Art in Movie: The Past and Present of Cheongsam (Qipao)
Few who have seen the film Lust, Cautionwould deny the beauty of lead actress Tang Wei. The cheongsams worn by her character were in perfect harmony with her figure and temperament. These elegant, refined and sexy garments originally enhanced the grace of Chinese women during the 1930s and 1940s. Initially, cheongsam was a traditional long gown worn by the Manchu people in northeast China, regardless of their age, gender and social status. The ... More
Chinese Knot Button Chinese Knot Button
The knot button is a distinctive feature of traditional Chinese apparel. Even today, it is still highly visible on garments like the Qipao, or cheongsam. Though normally associated with tradition, the knot buttons are currently enjoying renewed popularity. The history of knot buttons dates back to the prehistoric era, when ropes were first used as a primitive form of belts. The earliest written records come from the Zhou Dynasty (about 110... More
Dragon Robe (龙袍 Longpao) Dragon Robe (龙袍 Longpao)
The robe embroidered with dragon patterns was made for the exclusive use of an emperor during the Qing dynasty. The ritual of embroidering dragon patterns on the emperor's robe, however, dates back to as early as the Zhou Dynasty (11th century-256 B.C.). During the Yuan and Ming, the emperors were already wearing robes graced with dragon patterns, but it was not until the Qing that they were named “dragon robes” and became part of t... More