Han Couture Clothing Style

What is Han Couture?

Hanfu--Han Couture(漢服)or Han Chinese(漢衣)Clothing, also sometimes known as 

Hanzhuang (漢裝),Huafu (華服) and sometimes referred in English sources simply as Silk Robe 

(especially those worn by the gentry) or Chinese Silk Robe refers to the historical dress of the 

Han Chinese people, which was worn for millennia before the conquest by the Manchus and the

establishment of the Qing Dynasty in 1644. The term Hanfu derives from the Book of Han, 

which says, "then many came to the Court to pay homage and were delighted at the clothing 

style of the Han [Chinese]."

Hanfu—Couture is presently worn only as a part of historical reenactment, festivals, hobby, 

coming of age/rite of passage ceremonies, ceremonial clothing worn by religious priests, or 

cultural exercise and can be frequently seen on Chinese television series, films and other forms 

of media entertainment. However, there is currently a movement in China and overseas 

Chinese communities to revive Han Chinese clothing in daily life and incorporate it in Chinese 

festivals or celebrations.

The concept of hanfu—Couture is distinguished from the broader concept of traditional Chinese 

clothing. This excludes many changes and innovations in the dress of the Han Chinese people 

since 1644, the founding of the Qing dynasty, on the basis that such changes were imposed by 

force (such as through the Queue Order) or adopted through cultural influence from the ruling 

Manc.hu ethnicity. Thus, the qipao, while widely regarded as an example of traditional Chinese

clothing, is not an example of hanfu—n Couture since it derives from a Manchu clothing style. 

Today, most Han Chinese wear Western-style clothing in everyday life. Some urban residents in 

China wear modified or modernized traditional clothing on some occasions, while many in the 

countiyside still use distinctive peasant dress (though not necessarily identical with classical 

Hanfu). The only significant population segment which wear hanfu regularly on a day-to-day 

basis are religious priests and monks.

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Han Conture History

Hanfu—Couture has a history of more than three millennia, and is said to have been worn by 

the legendary Yellow Emperor. From the beginning of its history, Hanfu (especially in elite 

circles) was inseparable from silk, supposedly discovered by the Yellow Emperor' s consort, 

Leizu. The Shang Dynasty (c.1600 BC-1000 BC), developed the rudiments of Hanfu; it 

consisted of a yi, a narrow-cuffed, knee-length tunic tied with a sash, and a narrow, ankle-length 

skirt, called chang, worn with a bixi, a length of fabric that reached the knees. Vivid primary 

colors and green were used, due to the degree of technology at the time

The dynasty to follow the Shang, the Western Zhou Dynasty, established a strict hierarchical 

society that used clothing as a status meridian, and inevitably, the height of one' s rank 

influenced the ornateness of a costume. Such markers included the length of a skirt, the 

wideness of a sleeve and the degree of ornamentation. In addition to these class-oriented 

developments, the Hanfu became looser, with the introduction of wide sleeves and jade 

decorations hung from the sash which served to keep the yi closed.

The HanFu( yi)--Couture was essentially wrapped over, in a style known as jiaoling youren, or 

wrapping the right side over before the left.

In the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, the "deep robe" (shenyi) appeared a combination of tunic and 

skirt. The upper and lower halves were cut separately but sewn as a single unit. An additional 

change was the shaping of the left side of the costume into a corner, fastened on the chest.




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“漢服”一詞的記載最早見於《漢書》:“後數來朝賀,樂漢衣服制度。”這裡的“漢”是指漢朝的服裝禮儀制度,即《周禮》《儀禮》 《禮記》裡的冠服體系,因為漢朝的禮儀制度由漢高祖的太常叔孫通依據夏商周三代禮儀制度所製定。




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