Chinese Clothing: costumes, adornments and culture

Chinese Clothing: costumes, adornments and culture

Hua Mei

Language: English

Pages: 165

ISBN: 2:00169105

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Part of the educational and beautifully produced Cultural China Series, this book focuses on the long history of garments and ornaments in China, which are considered one of the necessities of life, as well part of China’s traditional craft heritage. This book discusses the development of garment making through archeological investigation, and the portrayals of different types of clothing in ancient texts and drawings. As a retrospective of garments throughout Chinese history, we can define cultural movements throughout the centuries. In vivid color, with illustrations and photographs accompanying the text throughout.













brocade. A�er the delegation returned to Japan, the members reported to the A modern Uygur lady in Talimu Basin, Xinjiang Autonomous Region wearing locally produced “Aidelice” Silk. (Photo by Song Shijing, provided by image library of Hong Kong Traveling in China) Chinese Clothing Emperor on what they had seen, and presented the silk and brocade they had brought 44 back. In over 100 years since that time, many artisans from Japan were sent to China to learn specific cra�s, while China sent

costumes. People dance together to display Dai people’s supplication to beauty and 118 happiness. Men of Yao minority who live in Guangxi wear white trousers. These are not plain white trousers, but decorated with five or seven strips of red cloth on the knee part and some are embroidered with red threads and decorated with small pa�erns of all different shapes. This practice of sewing red cloth on white trousers also came from a very touching ancestor worship story. Long long ago, their

embroidered shawl. (Provided by image library of Hong Kong Traveling in China) This is how the pattern of two circles with a ring of closed angle lines came from. There is another kind of explanation that says that two circles are two open eyes. Wearing a piece of back wrapping cloth will add two more eyes at back, which could scare off the devils and the evils. Moinba women who live in Men’ou area and Muotuo County have the tradition of draping a whole piece of calfskin or goatskin at the back

minorities is very colorful, especially those stunning ornamental objects that go with the clothes. Because of the extensive choice of materials, delicate cra�smanship, abundant styles, exquisite pa�erns and rich connotations, Chinese minorities’ ornamental objects are considered to be a rich costume treasury. Though materials, styles and patterns are different for ornamental objects of all nationalities, the positions on which they wear are about the same, such as the head flower, necklace,

fashion. Jeans also entered into China at the end of 1970s. And since then, more and more people have started to wear jeans, expanding from fashionable young men to people of all classes and ages. In 1990s, types of jeans developed including short skirts, short pants, waistcoats, jackets, hats, satchels, and backpacks. Colors were not limited to blue. New materials appeared such as water washing thin materials. At the beginning of 1980s, bat clothes were very popular. This type of clothes look

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