Sinology Sunday: February 12, 2017

Clothing from the kingdom of Chu. I seem to remember that Chu, although conquered later by the Qin, seemed to have a strong influence from a cultural  perspective on the Han Dynasty (Clothing and Happiness).

It’s been a while since we’ve done this so we’re going to do a more historically-inspired take through the Chinese history timeline.  This week we start with the Warring States Period from Clothing and Happiness 裝束與樂舞 and Experiencing Dynastic Restoration 朝代復原體驗.  Remember that this is still a time period when Chinese underwear was in develop to properly cover the body.  Therefore, thick and heavy clothes were favored by the upper class.

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 InformationHanfu List

Make-up: LipsEyebrows

A closer look at the thick and heavy cloth favored during this period (Clothing and Happiness).

If I remember correctly, darker colors were also favored (Experiencing Dynastic Restoration).


This form of clothing is a type of Shenyi called Zhiju 直裾 (Experiencing Dynastic Restoration).

Zhiju falls under the class of Chinese clothing known as Shenyi 深衣 or one-piece robes (Experiencing Dynastic Restoration).

For those wondering about the underwear issue, I remember one description of a form of early Chinese underwear being something like pants but missing the area around the crotch (Experiencing Dynastic Restoration).

As you can imagine, given the layout of clothing for this period the underwear it was worn with, you can probably get an idea of why heavy cloths and dark colors would have been favored (Experiencing Dynastic Restoration).

Due to this, certain things actions were considered disrespectful such as sitting with your legs apart (Experiencing Dynastic Restoration).

Which by “sitting” in this period I mean kneeling and sitting on your feet by our modern definitions (Experiencing Dynastic Restoration).

Although the Ruqun 襦裙 probably also existed during this period, most of the images I have found show the Zhiju probably suggesting its popularity (Experiencing Dynastic Restoration).

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