Sinology Sunday: March 6, 2016

This week, take a look at clothing from the later Eastern Han dynasty from Danshi Xiangsi‘s 但使相思 weibo.  Remember that this general style of dress persisted from the late Eastern Han dynasty through the Three Kingdoms period (Kingdom of Wei) and Jin Dynasty but also seems to have had some influence during the Northern and Southern Dynasties.  This will also help people get an idea of the evolution of Hanfu after Princess Jieyou.

More pictures below the cut.

Hanfu groups seem to work together so I apologize ahead of time in case there are any repeats.  Also, please understand that sorting Hanfu by era can be hard due to similar styles carrying over into different eras, lack of historical evidence or knowledge, and various other factors.

The following are some links that may help you get some background information.  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

7 thoughts on “Sinology Sunday: March 6, 2016

  1. Love this post! Since you cover lips, eyebrows in this post, I wanted to ask a question..(never knew who to ask before). Female wardrobe has unusual emphasis on cleavages in Fan Bing Bing’s The Empress of China and Gong Li’s Curse of the Golden Flower. Is there real historical reference to this? I totally understand if this is a marketing ploy to attract viewership, but feel there is more to it than just cheap tactic…I mean, think about it, emperors in those days have gazillion concubines, and to ensure survival, they must compete for the emperors attention…

    • While the cleavage spillage in Curse of the Golden Flower was over-exaggerated, court fashions were low-cut during the Tang Dynasty when women were relatively free of restrictions.

      • This certainly seems to be the case. If you search up some of our old Sinology Sunday posts through the search bar, you will probably see more examples of it… although if the way the costume is sewed up and everything matches they way it was done in the past may be another conversation altogether…

    • YAY!! Please do. Also, if there’s anything in particular you would like to see, let us know. We are pretty busy and sometimes there are limits on what is available but we certainly will try if it is do-able and seems like would be of interest to everybody. :)

      • *v* I wouldn’t mind seeing more of the han, qin, and any of the earlier dynasties in the future! Thank you for doing these series!

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