Chinese Clothing by Hua Mei; Yu Hong; Zhang Lei

By Hua Mei; Yu Hong; Zhang Lei

A part of the tutorial and fantastically produced Cultural China sequence, this booklet makes a speciality of the lengthy heritage of clothes and adorns in China, that are one of the prerequisites of lifestyles, in addition a part of China’s conventional craft background. This e-book discusses the advance of garment making via archeological research, and the portrayals of other different types of garments in historical texts and drawings. As a retrospective of clothes all through chinese language heritage, we will be able to outline cultural events in the course of the centuries. In brilliant colour, with illustrations and pictures accompanying the textual content all through.

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The most obvious change in the Ming Dynasty was the addition of a short waist skirt on young maidservants, intended, possibly, to serve as an apron that protects the longer robe underneath. This waist skirt becomes an added layer, as we can see in Ming paintings, which flow with movement with its natural soft pleats. In artistic representations, this makes up the image of a lively girl, together with coiled hair buns. The development of theatre and novels in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties bought about the flourishing of the woodblock carving illustrations.

We also get to see the beggar, the porter, the court runner, the farmer, the merchant, as well as the outlaws and the buffalo boy. Although the story is not always of Ming Dynasty, the artwork done by Ming artisans cannot help but reflecting more of the Ming characteristics. Beizi: a Song Style Garment The Official Uniform C lothing and ornaments can often reveal one’s social status, and this is particularly true in the rigidly stratified feudal society. In ancient China, how one dressed was not merely a matter of folk customs, but was an integral part of the State rules on ceremony and propriety.

In the two hundred plus years of the Qing Dynasty, local schools of embroidery appeared like bamboo shoots a�er the rain, the most famous being Suzhou, Guangdong, Sichuan, Hunan, Beijing and Shandong schools. In addition to their local flavors, these schools all borrowed from other ethnic cultures. Today, fashion comes and goes, and machines have replaced the human hand in many ways. Fortunately, the art and cra� of embroidery have been preserved as China’s great cultural heritage. Besides the local embroidery schools, many ethnic minority people have their own beautiful embroidery, such as the Uygur, the Yi, the Dai, the Bouyi, the Kazak, the Yao, the Miao, the Tujia, the Jingpo, the Dong, the Bai, the Zhuang, the Mongolian, and the Tibetan people.

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