Sinology Sunday: March 19, 2017

This week we continue past the Northern and Southern Dynasties and take a look at clothing from the Sui and Tang dynasty with Mr. Chen’s Chinese Photo Studio 陳先生的復古照相館.  The clothing for these two eras tend to be grouped together due to how brief the Sui Dynasty was.

The Tang dynasty is commonly regarded as a golden age in Chinese history.  Not only did the country open up to the outside world but it is also seen to have adopted more of a open view on the freedoms afforded to the people regardless of gender.  This kind of attitude is kind of reflected in the dress of the era (bright fabrics, styling, makeup, etc.).  Notice how the skirt for the Ruqun 襦裙 is tied higher during this period.  As mentioned earlier, for those interested in music and performance during this period, the Nanguan 南管 and Liyuan 梨園 traditions trace their roots to this approximate period.  The Han-Tang Yuefu 漢唐樂府 group has attempted to trace back through time to recreate the arts from around this period and has gained some popularity for their efforts (Performance.  Parts 12-10 and 12-11 may be more conducive towards modern appreciation).

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

5 thoughts on “Sinology Sunday: March 19, 2017

  1. Lovely pictures and thank you for the little background on the Tang dynasty and its place in Chinese history. i didn’t know it was regarded as a golden period so I learned something new.

  2. I really dig hairstyle #3. Thanks for the additional links regarding music! I connect more with music than fashion (not that I’m complaining about the weekly dose of pretty), so that’s extremely interesting to me. On an only slightly related note, the 2017 Grand Chinese New Year Concert (conducted by Zhang Lie) is available online at Medici TV. I’m not certain it’s permissible to leave a link, but there’s some top-notch erhu action, among other fine performances!

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