Sinology Sunday: January 17, 2016

This week, I am going to share some cartoons from Han Han Future‘s weibo depicting Hanfu throughout the ages as a refresher for everybody.  Also, there are comparisons with some more prominently recognized clothing from Japan and Korea to help clear some confusions.

More pictures below the cut.

The following are some links that may help you get some background information.  Hanfu groups seem to work together so I apologize ahead of time in case there are any repeats.  Please let us know in the comment section if there are any other sites you may be able to recommend for more pictures.

Chinese History Timeline

General Chinese Clothing Timeline

Hanfu: General Information, Hanfu List

Make-up: Lips, Eyebrows

Comparing the Ming dynasty China and Joseon Korea, respectively.

Comparison of Ming dynasty China and Joseon Korea, respectively.

Seems to be a doodle of Tang dynasty clothing.

Seems to be a doodle of Song dynasty clothing.

Seems to be a doodle of Song dynasty clothing.

Seems to be a doodle of Song dynasty clothing.

8 thoughts on “Sinology Sunday: January 17, 2016

  1. wow, didn’t know korean traditional clothes are inspired/copied from Ming dynasty? did something happen during those years?

    • It’s no different that say the fashions of France influencing England in the 16th and 17th Century.

      Just as France was during those centuries, China was the THE cultural heavy weight in East Asia. In fact, far more than the influence France has, it’s really comparable to say Rome’s influence on Europe, except Rome has not fallen during the 4th century, and somehow where are still independent country that’s not part of the Roman empire in Europe.

      After the Manchu invasion China, Korea, Vietnam both refer to themselves as Hua, and they see Huaxia civilization has fallen in China. (Japan does this as well, but does not identify themselves as Hua)

    • At any rate, I think the more PC way to say things without letting people feel like they are being stepped on is that they all developed in the same area and grew together… I mean people get into very pointless arguments saying usually involving the Yuan dynasty with Mongol rule, some inferences about clothing, saying XYZ copied ABC, throwing around and probably mis-interpreting historical evidence, etc. It’s a mess.

      The fact is that some hanfu styles bleed into other eras so it’s very hard to pinpoint an actual “death” sometimes… especially when you take into account other lesser known regimes… and then you look at some details they are arguing about and it looks like some variation of pretty standard official clothing or form of hanfu which probably existed back since who knows when…

      In fact, if you really look at the big picture, you could even say that Hanfu never really “died” since religious persons still wore it in some variation as well as people in theater… It just really fell out of public favor…

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