Sinology Sunday: April 2, 2017

This week, move on past the Yuan Dynasty and into the Ming dynasty with Mr. Chen’s Chinese Photo Studio 陳先生的復古照相館.  The Yuan Dynasty was a period of Mongol rule over China and although I am sure Hanfu still existed through this era, I have not been able to find many examples of it in terms of pictures.

The Ming dynasty marks the return of rule of China to Han Chinese people and some of the conservatism seems to have persisted into this era.  Note the collars of the first two pictures in comparison to the rest of the images.  If I remember correctly, the higher collar was eventually adopted with the capital moving from the Southern capital of Nanjing to the Northern capital of Beijing where it is colder.

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

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