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Dresses in the Tang Dynasty

In Chinese clothing  history, the dresses in the Tang Dynasty were quite outstanding. At that time, the economy was highly developed and people from different countries came to China, promoting the international cultural exchange. Therefore, the dresses were also deeply influenced by the foreign cultures and arts.

There formed a special open and romantic dress style. Most of the dresses were made of silk which made them famous due to their softness and lightness. The structure was elegant, natural and graceful and the decolletage appeared at that time. The adornments were also splendid. Read the rest of this entry »


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Chinese Tunic Suit


Chinese Tunic Suit, also called “Zhongshan Zhuang” in Chinese, is a kind of traditional Chinese clothing. It has led the trend of Chinese male clothing fashion for many years and is also regarded as one of the popular clothes worn by men in recent years.

It was named after Sun Zhongshan, the pioneer revolutionary of modern China. Between 1920s and 1930s, the government civil servants in China were all required to wear it. Gradually, it became the male uniform at that time and was even regarded as the national dress at that period. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Cheongsam

The Chinese Cheongsam, also called “Qi Pao” in Chinese, is a traditional female dress which originated from a kind of ancient clothing of Manchu ethnic minority. It is regarded as a symbol of Chinese female clothing.

The golden age of the Chinese cheongsam was in the 1930s, which was a bright and brilliant period of modern Chinese dress. At that period, the changes of the style for the Cheongsam mainly focused on the sleeve and ‘Jin’ (the part of a garment that covers the chest). It was mainly made of silk and brocade and the red-colored, which embodied the charm of the oriental women, was the most common one. The pattern on the cheongsam, which possessed Chinese traditional characteristics, was also very unique.

Nowadays, the cheongsam has a high decorative and artistic value. For instance, the bride will wear still the red cheongsam, which means the perfect happiness, at tradition Chinese wedding. And the it also has very high preserving value due to its high appreciated value and historical significance.

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Dragon Robe


In Chinese culture, the dragon represents power. Therefore, it was associated with Chinese emperors as early as the Zhou Dynasty (11th century-256 B.C.) when emperors began to wear robes with the figures of dragon. However, they were named as dragon robes until the Qing Dynasty.

The figure nine and five was associated with the dignity of throne in ancient China. Therefore, a dragon robe is embroidered with nine yellow dragons, on the front, the back, before or behind knees, shoulders and lining of the chest. The upper class were permitted to wear the robes decorated with three, four or five clawed dragons according to their ranks.


The end of the Qing Dynasty brings an end to the dragon robes. Fortunately, we still can appreciate them in some museums now, having a glimpse of the supreme dressmaking technique in ancient China.




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the Lightest Silk Clothing


With 1.60 meters long, long-sleeved and as light as 48 grams, the plain voile Buddhist garment which was unearthed from Tomb No.1 of Mawangdui Han Dynasty Tomb is the lightest silk clothing in chinese history.


It is light as the mist and as fine as gossamer. Since it was so light, the upper class of that time always wore more than 10 pieces of this kind of clothing for formal occasions.



And why the cloth is so light? The research found out that “silk worms from that era were much smaller than today’s variety, thus they could spin silk that was much thinner and lighter than today’s silk worms.” (Thanks for Vi’s comment!) Scients even took 13 years to do the research. They fed the certain silk worms which were close to those in the ancient times and then used the silk they spun to make a duplicate.

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