CHINESE LADY LINGERIE IN ANCIENT CHINA (5) – Stories in Totems

Ancient people of China used totems to record many beautiful stories and heroes in their hearts, so as to express their feelings and to make sure future generations remember them.

 

  1. The Eight Immortals

121.pngThe Eight Immortals (Chinese: 八仙; pinyin: Bāxiān; Wade–Giles: Pa¹-hsien¹) are a group of legendary Xian (“immortals”) in Chinese mythology. Each immortal’s power can be transferred to a tool (法器) that can bestow life or destroy evil. Together, these eight tools are called the “Covert Eight Immortals” (暗八仙). Most of them are said to have been born in the Tang or Song dynasty. They are revered by the Taoists and are also a popular element in the secular Chinese culture. They are said to live on a group of five islands in the Bohai Sea (a sea on the coat of north China), which includes the Penglai Mountain-Island.

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  1. The Bridge Breaking Meeting – Legend of the White Snake

104.pngThe Legend of the White Snake, also known as Madame White Snake, is a Chinese legend which existed in spoken tradition long before there was any written compilation. It has since been presented in a number of major Chinese operas, films and television series.

The story is now counted as one of China’s Four Great Folktales, the others being Lady Meng Jiang, Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, and The Cowherd and the Weaving Maid (Niulang Zhinü).

 

  1. Goddess Meeting – The Cowherd and the Weaving Maid 

602.pngThe Cowherd and the Weaving Maid is a Chinese folk tale. The general tale is a love story between Zhinü (織女; the weaving maid, symbolizing the star Vega) and Niulang (牛郎; the cowherd, symbolizing the star Altair). Their love was not allowed, thus they were banished to opposite sides of the Silver River (symbolizing the Milky Way Galaxy). Once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the lovers for one day. There are many variations of the story. The earliest-known reference to this famous myth dates back to over 2600 years ago, which was told in a poem from the Classic of Poetry.

 

  1. Wu Song Slays the Tiger

416.pngWu Song Slays the Tiger is a story in Shi Naian’s “the Water Margin”. The story says that when in Liangshan the hero Wu Song was on the way to back home to visit his brother and when he was passing by the placed called Jingyanggang he drank 18 bowls of wine in the restaurant and he was drunk. He was told that a tiger on the hill would hurt people and was advised not to move on. Wu Song didn’t believe this and sure enough he met a tiger. Wu Song fought with his fists and killed it, removing the pest for the local people. Then, it became a popular tale.

 

  1. Kirin Brings the Child

605.pngThe qilin (Chinese: 麒麟; pinyin: qílín) or kirin is a mythical hooved chimerical creature known of in Chinese and other East Asian cultures, it is said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sageor an illustrious ruler. It is a good omen thought to show the occasions of prosperity or serenity. It is often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body.

 

  1. Liu Hai Plays with a Toad

603.pngLiu Hai Plays with a Toad is an ancient Chinese folk tale, derived from Taoist illusions. When Liu Hai was young he cut firewood in the mountains and rescued an injured toad with only three feet. After, the toad became a beautiful girl and married him with the skill of spitting out money and gold ingots. Therefore,in folk Chinese tales, the toad has the role of acquiring wealth and exorcising evil spirits.

 

  1. Di Qing on the War

604.pngDi Qing was born to a poor family in Xihe, Fenzhou (汾州西河; present-day Fenyang, Shanxi). He sported tattoos on his face and excelled in mounted archery. In 1038, during the reign of Emperor Renzong of Song, Di Qing was appointed as Commander (指揮使) of Yanzhou (延州; covering parts of present-day Shaanxi). He participated in the war between Song and Western Xia. Each time he went to war, he would don a bronze mask and let his hair run wild and disheveled, charging onto the battlefield. Di Qing participated in a total of 25 battles in his lifetime. Of these battles, he was best known for his night raid on the Kunlun Pass on the 15th day of the first lunar month in 1053. He died at age 48.

 

 

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CHINESE LADY LINGERIE IN ANCIENT CHINA (2) —Various Shapes on Little Pieces

Unlike the three-dimensional structure of Western lingerie, Chinese ancient lingerie is made up of layers and it implicitly shapes the rich curve of the female body.

From the outline, there are usually square, diamond, rectangle and fan shapes, triangle shapes, petal shapes, T shapes, cross shapes, Ruyi (a curved scepter, used in Chinese Buddhism) shapes and other, more complex shapes.

 

201.pngRectangle Dudou: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty

 

 

202.pngFan Shaped Dudou: Period – The Republic of China Era

 

 203.pngDiamond Shaped Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

 

 

204.pngComplexly Shaped Dudou: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty

 

The pictographic shape shows the imagination of the ancient people of China. It conveys moral implications in a person’s life.

 

 

205.pngTiger Shaped Underwear: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty

To banish evil and pray for peace

 

 

 206.pngIngot Shaped Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

Generally used in children’s underwear and used for wishing for a steady stream of future wealth

 

 

 207.pngCalabash Shaped Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

One of the treasures held by Tieguai Li, one of the eight immortal gods, this Dudou prays for god’s blessing

 

 

208.png Ruyi Shaped Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

Used to express one’s wishes for good luck

 

 

209.png Beef Tongue Shaped Underwear: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty

Used to embody elegance and depth of knowledge.

 

 

According to the characteristics of different shapes, there are many wearing styles, and each has its own style and discretion for showing the body’s curves.

210.jpgSome examples of methods to wear a Dudou

 

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Chinese underwear from the past pursues the integration of details and the whole piece to complement to each other. The main pieces are connected with other structures to create a new decoration called Nashao meaning to avoid breaking off connections/ severing ties, which is not an auspicious sign.

 

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Rich and varied shapes highlight the traditional feminine pursuit of beauty and the desire to show themselves.

 

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CHINESE LADY LINGERIE IN ANCIENT CHINA (3) – The Connotations of Colour

We can read a lot of from the color of traditional lingerie. There are different colour schemes for different scenes, areas and identity, as well as other aspects of life.

Different colours have different symbolic meanings and have different connotations to different people.

Red: happiness, marriage, elimination of a disaster, passion, indulgence

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Corset: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty

 

Yellow: royalty, value, power, religion (Buddhism) and fantasy

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Dudou: Period – Early Qing Dynasty

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Dudou: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty

 

Purple: wealth, mystery, power, depression and melancholy

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Dudou: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty

 

Green: nature, civil, purity, life and youth

302.pngDudou: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty

 

Blue: elegance, purity, civil and modest

308.pngDudou: Period – The Republic of China Era

311.pngDudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

 

Brown: maturity, honesty, modesty and tolerance

315.pngPaddy Field Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

 

Black: stability, strength, mystery and depth

301.pngDudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

 

White: simple, childish, bright and religion (Muslim)

303.pngPart Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

 

Gold and silver: success, luxury, auspiciousness and nobility

317.pngPart Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

321.pngPart Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

 

Traditional Chinese underwear often uses progression of colour gradients.

312.pngPart Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

 

Like traditional Chinese clothing, traditional lingerie also shows class through use of colour. There is an order of colour that shows one’s class, from nobility to middle class: bright yellow, gold and silver – purple – red – brown – green – blue – black, white and gray.

The colour of lingerie is also related to age. Dark colours such as dark brown, dark blue and black are often used by middle-aged women.

At the same time, the use of colour in ancient Chinese lingerie has a strong geographical connection. Such as:

  • Jiangnan (an area in southern China) woman love light green and light blue.
  • Shaanxi (province in northwest China) people prefer to use a variety of colour combinations  containing gray.

  • The Saibei plateau (a region in northwest China) like to embroider colourful patterns on white cloth.

  • The Minnan (region in southeast China) loves geometric patterns as well as embroidery of birds and flowers on a black and white background

 

The different colours used will bring different visual effects and feelings to people.

319.pngPart Dudou: Period – The Republic of China Era

Using intense colour contrast brings strong emotions.

 

316.pngBody Coat: Period – The Republic of China Era

Low saturation decor with a bright red background displays an elegant style.

 

322.pngPart Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

Good use of complementary colours creates a strong visual impact.

 

309.pngPart Dudou: Period – Early Qing Dynasty

The use of similar tones creates a subtle and reserved feeling.

 

318.pngPart Dudou: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty

The combination of small usage of light colours and a small amount of pure block colour makes the piece seem harmonious.

314.pngDudou: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty

The decorative use of the same colour is simple and generous.

 

The rich knowledge and intuition of this traditional lingerie colour shows the exquisite thinking of the ancient people of China.

 

 

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CHINESE LADY LINGERIE IN ANCIENT CHINA (1) – Aspiration Beyond Body

Throughout the development of Chinese women lingerie, ancient Chinese lingerie has been used to express the yearns for beauty and the performance of feeling and of body in delicate, subtle ways. Almost every piece of lingerie has a theme and story. The Dudou is a bodice that has been used by women since ancient China. The production cycle of each piece lasts from a few months to several years, and there are differences in craft techniques used to produce them. The Chinese women of the past conveyed the voices of their hearts through the sewing, and colourful totems to convey their deep wishes.

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Dudou: Period – The Republic of China; Totem – three wishes

Pomegranate, Bergamot and Peach-Shaped Flowers express the wish for more children longevity and happiness.

 

100.pngCorset: Period – The Republic of China; Totem – fame and wealth

In Chinese, “公(公鸡)鸣” (Gōngmíng) meaning a rooster’s crow sounds like “功名”(Gōngmíng) meaning fame. The peony is a symbol of the rich.

 

111.pngCorset (back): Period – Middle Qing Dynasty; Totem – safe and prosperous

In Chinese, “瓶”(píng) means vase and “平(平安)”(Píng’ān) means safety. This homophone along with the varieties of blooming flowers symbolize a rich and powerful family.

 

131.pngDudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty; Totem – highly incorruptible

 

101.pngCorset (back): Period – Early Qing Dynasty; Totem – fragrant lotus

The lotus is a symbol of incorruptibility, it is rooted in mud and has luxuriant foliage which symbolizes a stable career and prosperous family.

 

121.pngPart Dudou: Period – The Republic of China; Totem – eight treasures of Tai Chi

In Chinese mythology there are eight immortals. Each carry a treasure that has been bestowed with their own power. The treasures embroidered on this Dudou express the deep desire for good luck.

103.pngDudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty; Totem – mandarin duck

Mandarin ducks express the love and happiness between husband and wife.

104.pngDudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty; Totem – to meet on the broken-bridge

The embroidery on this Dudou expresses a deep missing for a lover.

 

150.pngCorset: Period – Early Qing Dynasty; Totem – dragon that plays in the sea

 

153.pngDudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty; Totem – dragon

A dragon on underwear symbolizes bravery, honour, wisdom and unpredictability.

 

119.pngPart Dudou: Period – The Republic of China; Totem – Qilin stepping on clouds

Qilin is regarded as a mascot and blessing of national peace and order, It is also a messenger of happiness and posterity.

 

107.pngDudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty; Totem – tiger

 

161.pngPart Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty;·Totem – tiger

 

109.pngDudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty; Totem – tiger driving away the five poisonous pests

The tiger is a symbol of a spirit that drives out demons.

 

160.pngDudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty; Totem – a lion playing with a ball

 

108.pngDudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty; Totem – gold lion

The lion is regarded as a mascot and blessing for driving away evil, praying for good health and is also a symbol of festive events.

 

134.pngDudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty; Totem – butterflies in love with flowers

 

112.pngDudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty; Totem – butterflies in love with flowers

 

113.pngDudou: Period – The Republic of China; Totem – butterflies in love with flowers

In Chinese, the ” 芙蓉”(Fúróng) meaning Hibiscus and “夫荣”(Fūróng) meaning Husband’s glory is a homophone. Hibiscus flowers with butterflies is a symbol for a woman of low birth may marrying a man of high status and can therefore enjoy a life with the benefits of her husband’s glory however to be a good wife she must dance to her husband’s tune in order to have a harmonious marriage.

 

The extended meaning in the totems expresses people’s life expectations, and also allows for future generations to interpret them.

 

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Garments Change in China Modern Times

Big Differences between Cities and Countryside

After 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 / qipao (one-piece mandarin robe) still existed. The Blue Short Gown of schoolgirls was the main style, and it gradually became popular.

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Along with the emergence of cinema, film stars became eminent persons gradually. Shanghai City became the fashion center of women’s wear in China. The garments of Guangdong Province and Hong Kong became one of the branches of Shanghai City garments.

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Garments during the Republic of China period in (1912-1945)

The government specified formal dresses of men and women in the first year of the Republic of China (1912-1949). Men wore suits which were day suits and evening suits. Day suits were of Western style and Chinese style (e.g. long gown and mandarin jacket). There is collar for women formal dress and was long to the knee with buttons down the front. Skirts were decorated with cartouches in the front and back, both sides were sewn with pleats, and both ends had patterns of knots.
At the wedding ceremony, the urban girls were in full dress of silk, wrapped white gauze over the head and held a white bouquet to celebrate the wedding, while the rural girls still followed the tradition and wore red robes and a hat decorated with jewels, riding in red sedan .

490Girls wearing western style dresses to a wedding in Shanghai

During the period of the Republic of China, the government specified new dress code, and men wore western-style clothes and Sun Yat-sen’s uniform (Chinese tunic suit). These two styles of clothes were foreign styles, and most officials and intellectuals more usually wore them. White garments were worn in the summer, but black or dark garments were worn in other seasons. The style with a mandarin jacket over a long gown was still one of the common dressing styles. The student’s clothing with erect collar, three pockets and seven buttons were mainly the uniform of students of universities and colleges. The style with a sleeveless jacket or a waistcoat over a long gown was also a common style. In addition, the common dressing style of rural men and women was a jacket and trousers or covered with a ramie skirt (long or short small skirt fastened on body).

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Women’s costume changed greatly during the period, some kept the Qing Dynasty (1644-1840) style of trousers and clothes with curving front, some imitated western-style with a jacket and a skirt, most schoolgirls wore black silk skirts and short jackets that had a large front, a round lower hem and short sleeves to elbow. The common garments of social women were mainly Chi-pao / qipao.

The overall tendency of new garments was in two types: one type was the long Chi-pao / qipao was in solid color and made of fabric with laces and patterns were added to the edges. The small waistcoat and silk scarves were over the jacket. Other than qipao, the upper garment and lower skirt separated for other types of garments.

In the 1920s, people began to wear Chi-pao / qipao whose style was mostly the same as that of the Qing Dynasty. Later, the cuff was reduced gradually, and embroidered edge was not as broad as previously. By the end of the 1920s, dressing style was affected by Europe and America, and the style of chi-pao / qipao changed significantly. By the early 1930s, Chi-pao / qipao was very popular. The main changes of garments in that time were the modifications of collar, sleeves and length. The garments with high collar were popular at first, and the higher collar, the more popular. Gradually, garments with low collars began to be popular, and the lower collar, the more modern. Finally, people wore collarless and sleeveless Chi-pao / qipao.

 Influence of Foreign Costumes from 1930s to 1940s

With the import of foreign products into China, western life styles penetrated into the people’s life. Women living in big cities in China began to attend social events in the 1930s and 1940s. This resulted the change of social morals accordingly. Women wore western-style clothing and skirt together with glass and watch, and gloves, looking more modern and romantic. The modern and fashionable dress of Europe and Japan affected Chinese women in terms of short skirts, underwear and colors, etc. More and more women began to imitate them, and some even imitated the simple dressing style of America. Ladies who liked sports always wore red pleated skirts and bras to replace the old-time Dudou (an underwear that was made of red embroidery cloth and hung from the neck with gold or silver chains, it came down from ancient times). In addition, women’s one-piece dress was more popular. During the 1920s-1940s after the founding of the Republic of China, fur coats were still popular in rich families.

The hairstyle with bangs or buns was fashionable at the time. The dressing style of slim coat, black skirt (without embroidery pattern), watch, elliptic sunglasses, cuspidate leather shoes, handbag and umbrella was brought into China by Japanese Ladies. This dressing style, called the dressing style of Free Lady, first appeared in Guangzhou City at the end of the Guangxu reign in Qing Dynasty (1875-1908), showing that their thoughts and behaviors were open.

The influence of western-style garments in China mainly appeared after the World War II. Many Chinese students studying abroad went to famous cities of Europe and America to seek spouses, so they brought the oriental ornaments to western countries and took western garments and adornments back to China.

The big inflow of foreign cheap goods greatly oppressed the production and consumption of Chinese goods of the same kind, and the sales of Chinese goods went sluggish for a time. In order to open the sales channels of Chinese garments, relevant personages held the Fashion Show of Chinese Garments at the Shanghai Dahua Restaurant on January 9, 1930. It can be considered the first fashion show in China.

(source: http://traditions.cultural-china.com/en/15Traditions7951.html

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Modern Chinese Clothing

Historical facts about Chinese clothes

Chinese clothing is as both gracefully as it stands for tradition and shows living power. Archeological findings from the Shantingtung early civilization excavated items obviously pointing out that embellishments have been used already at that time. Outfits combined with colors were common; for instance green was used for spring time, the hot seasons color was red, white stood for autumn and the color of winter season was black. Ancient Asian clothing preferred darker shades and a sophisticated scheme of fitting, aligning and opposed colors and shades was used in garments. Nowadays it joins the old motives of luck with the more recent fashion designs of the modern dressing.

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Today’s clothes styles

A wide scale of remarkable styles for teens and young women’s sexy wear is created in today’s China, which involves cats, gods and masks of Chinese opera. Fashionable shapes are applying motives and colors from the old Asian outfit. Images, textiles, ornaments, and motifs from old traditions are combined with modern materials and designs to create today’s fashionable outfits and Oriental fashion. Traditional clothes from China originate from customary motives and rites. In modern Chinese clothing ancient motifs as dragon, phoenix and flower embellishments, which have been used on garments of emperors, are returning. These symbols and styles on the one hand are beautiful and on the other hand stand for ancient tradition. There was a nine dragon and five cloud symbols which should bring luck to the person, and this symbol today also gets the same importance for this kind of wear.

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The combination of recent and old apparel, style and imagery is winsomely and natural. The old-school macramé is widely spread in modern Chinese silk clothes for the outfit’s decoration. We can find it on hems, shoulders, buttons, buttonholes, pockets, holes, silk corsets and edges. For instance the recent wedding tiara is a further established fusion of customary style and fashionable design. In the Hunan province currently can be seen scarves in old-fashioned red, green and blue ornaments. In general Asian clothes are made of different high quality fabrics, like brocade, satin, cotton, silk brocade and Thai silk. Various motives are used for Chinese style clothing, like dragon, phoenix, butterfly, plum blossom, cherry blossom, fish, flower, peony, chrysanthemum, peacock, longevity, bamboo, lotus and you can get them embroidered.

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Ancient and modern styles

On nowadays social events you still can watch men in a sophisticated traditional wide robe. And often ladies dress up an altered kind of garment from the Ch’ing Dynasty. In Asian dresses there are uncountable modifications in size, style and embellishment. Yet the silk producing, weaving and yarning old-aged methods have been refined by recent garment factories. Traditional Chinese fashion as a result gives it’s wearers over the whole world the possibility to delight ancient characteristics and modern style in garments. You can compress the same thing though by wearing fashion which has seen lines, and bows around the waist area too.

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Chinese silk clothing

The traditional silk garment is apparently varying because utterly anchored and merged with old traditions. Ancient silk clothing from China nowadays will continue to affect recent Asian fashion greatly. Without doubt the Shang dynasty with their weaving, yarning and producing of silk has the greatest impact. From cultural view China is not completely modern nor totally traditional; this is important for the daily life of Chinese people, for recent modifications of traditional garments and certainly for old-fashioned art styles shown as symbols and patterns on modern clothes. Notwithstanding the arrival of Western values impacts China, but modern sexy Chinese silk clothing persists deeply in it’s own history and traditional rites. This can be seen in different kinds of clothes like Chinese shirts and Chinese vests for example.

Chinese clothing within the fashion scene

Sexy Chinese apparel becomes more and more popular especially in Western culture. It combines the elaborate elegance of Chinese tradition with unique elements of style. Because of its particular charm it is like a wonderful flower in the colorful fashion scene. Another beauty is that it is made of high quality material and to varying lengths. It can be worn either on casual or formal occasions. In either case, silk garments create an impression of elegance. With distinctive features silk outfits enjoy a growing popularity in the international world of high fashion. For convenient movement and display of the slender legs of women female Asian dress generally has two big slits at either side of the hem. The slits expose a woman’s legs indistinctly when she walks, as if there was a blurred emotional appeal of “enjoying flowers in mist”.

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Today you can get it with different lengths and kinds of slits (one slit on the side or front as well as two slits). The material: Chinese attire usually is made of excellent materials like silk, silk brocade, satin, satin brocade or velour’s. Nearly all colors can be used. Often it gets a certain pattern, such as Chinese dragons, different kinds of flowers, butterflies or other typical Chinese icons (e.g. prosperity, wealth). Asian outfit has close links to social status and identity. Thus a modern Chinese outfit serves as a magnifier for examining transformations in the lives of individuals and communities undergoing change. You can get Chinese dresses for evening, party and cocktail events for both summer and winter.

 

source: http://chineseclothing.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/traditional-modern-chinese-clothing-information-and-article-extracts/

 

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“A Social Enterprise in E-commerce Promoting Oriental Aesthetic Worldwide” 

Aileen & Norman co-founded Interact China in 2004 with specialization in fine Oriental Aesthetic products handmade by ethnic minorities & Han Chinese. Having direct partnerships with artisans, designers, craft masters and tailors, along with 10 years solid experience in e-commerce via InteractChina.com, we position well to bridge talented artisans in the East with the rest of the world, and bring you direct finely selected products that are of good quality and aesthetic taste.

So far we carry 3000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Kungfu Clothing, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.


P.S. We Need People with Similar Passion to Join Our Blogging Team!

If you have passion to write about Oriental Aesthetic in Fashion, Home Decor, Art & Crafts, Culture, Music, Books, and Charity, please contact us at bloggers@interactchina.com, we would love to hear from you!

Differences between Chinese and Western Clothing

Firstly, there are obvious differences on clothing concepts between Chinese and Western people. Influenced by Confucian value and ethical function, Chinese people have always maintained an eastern style conservative. Skin is closely covered and concealed. To some extent, Chinese clothing culture is a kind of “cover” culture. People should not “reveal” body shape and even skin. A large space is maintained between clothing and the body. This kept clothing relative stable in change on form, but to develop more surface decoration, patterns, colors, material textures and decoration styles. These developments have always kept Chinese clothing in strict form, except for some Men’s clothing.

It is different in western culture, except for a period when people are influenced by the Christianity. Denied the existence of human and human body’s performance, western clothing was used to present body shape in a very realistic and even exaggerated way. This is reflected both in ancient “loose clothing” culture and “close-fitting clothing” culture since the Renaissance. Clothing has been  used to “stand out” and even “intensify” different sex characteristics between male and female, and skin were more and more exposed (especially for women’s clothing). They have also found some methods to “further expose” skin. This brought many profile changes and man-made structure to western clothing.

Secondly, there are differences on function awareness of clothing between Chinese and Western culture. Chinese people attach great importance on social ethics function of clothing since ancient times. They defined the function not only concerning warm and decorative features, but more concerning social status. From the Xia, Shang to the Zhou dynasty, this concept has never been given up in the improvement of ceremonial costume. Every ruler in every dynasty has attached great importance to unify people’s thought by wearing and clothing.

Although the Romans attached great importance to identity function of clothing, and have introduced a variety of apparel ban in feudal times. Very few cultures have such social function development of clothing as in China. Most of them focused mainly on wealth and aesthetic functions of clothing.

Thirdly, the human beings in different environment have created their own material culture since the end of Primitive society. From long time ago, Chinese people have begun to use plant fiber, such as linen, ramie, etc., and animal fibers, such as wool to weave, and they have begun to weave silk sericulture. Silk is a great contribution to human life from Chinese people, so it is impossible  to talk Chinese clothing culture without silk.

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Different from silk culture in China, flax culture prevails in ancient  Egypt, wool culture prevails in the Mesopotamia and cotton culture prevails in India. Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome have no pioneering work in materials, and they imports flax and wool cultures from Mediterranean coasts and Upper Paleozoic civilizations. As for silk, although ancient Rome has touched silk from Far East through Silk Road in BC, they were never able to  understand the mysteries of this beautiful fabric. Lately, they knew the secrets of silk from two missionaries sent to China by the Byzantine Empire. Then one century later, the first silk is produced in Byzantine Empire, but Europeans produced first silk until the Italian Renaissance in 13-14 century.

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What’s more, there are also different dressing ways between Chinese and western clothing cultures. Chinese clothing is featured of upper and lower part separated, with opening in front  and using ties to fix clothing for the convenience to wear off; and western clothing developed from put-on style to cast-over style, and then to front-open style in various forms and complex dressing skill, in which, pins or buttons are often used to fix clothing. It is hard to see cast-over clothing method in China. However, this style is very sophisticated in western countries from Tunic in ancient Egypt to Tunica in ancient Rome. Cast-over style is often found in one-piece clothing, a very sophisticated women’s clothing in nowadays, or in other words, the most formal clothing is still in cast-over style. Although “long gown” has shown in the Spring and Autumn Period BC, it is front-open style from the start, and all kinds of gowns, shirts later on are still in this style. The Western shirts in front-open style nowadays are also developed from cast- over style in the past. Front-open shirts emerged only since mid-19th century.

In addition, put-on style clothing are popular in western countries, but it is only introduced to China with Buddhism from India far later, and it only can be seen on monk’s robes even in nowadays. The clothing going with a piece of cloth, focuses on fold down effect when put on. This is also a style different from traditional Chinese costumes and dressing way. The words “loose clothing” has totally different forms, content, concept and effect in Chinese culture and western culture.

Lastly, the color of clothing is also different. We all know that red is known as the Chinese element,which represents happiness, so when holding wedding ceremony ,everyone is supposed to wear red clothes. And yellow is     considered as a kind of special color, only used by emperors. In the West, red is the unlucky color. They prefer white, on behalf of purity, integrity, or black, representing the noble and mysterious.

Although the Chinese and Westerners have established their own cultures, world view, sense of worth, aesthetic standard and clothing cultures in different geographical environment, as the human living together Earth, there are still some forms and cultural patterns in common when facing survival issues. Therefore, in addition to the differences in clothing culture mentioned above, there is something in common.

At present, the development of Chinese clothing should take on the path of both learning from the advanced technology and culture from the West, and maintaining the unique culture of Chinese people. In so doing, China clothing will be improved and recognized as a new Oriental art form by people around the world, and thus it will make its way to the world stage.

 

source: http://wenku.baidu.com/view/8c9a3eeb6294dd88d0d26b4f

 

About Interact China


“A Social Enterprise in E-commerce Promoting Oriental Aesthetic Worldwide” 

Aileen & Norman co-founded Interact China in 2004 with specialization in fine Oriental Aesthetic products handmade by ethnic minorities & Han Chinese. Having direct partnerships with artisans, designers, craft masters and tailors, along with 10 years solid experience in e-commerce via InteractChina.com, we position well to bridge talented artisans in the East with the rest of the world, and bring you direct finely selected products that are of good quality and aesthetic taste.

So far we carry 3000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Kungfu Clothing, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.


P.S. We Need People with Similar Passion to Join Our Blogging Team!

If you have passion to write about Oriental Aesthetic in Fashion, Home Decor, Art & Crafts, Culture, Music, Books, and Charity, please contact us at bloggers@interactchina.com, we would love to hear from you!