Sinology Sunday: February 19, 2017

The Qin Dynasty was for the most part pretty short so clothing differences didn’t really seem to have the time to develop significantly. Therefore, the next major period would be the Western Han Dynasty (Experiencing Dynastic Restoration).

This week, we move on in the Chinese history timeline past the Qin Dynasty and into the Western Han Dynasty with Experiencing Dynastic Restoration 朝代復原體驗 and Hu Jingming 琥璟明.  Remember that this is still part of the time period when Chinese underwear was in develop to properly cover the body and thick and heavy clothes of dark color were favored by the upper class.

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Sinology Sunday: July 24, 2016

This week, we take a look into more Han dynasty-inspired clothing, more specifically that of the Western Han dynasty and probably the earlier part of the Eastern Han dynasty.  Pictures this week come from Clothing and Happiness 裝束與樂舞.  Those watching Realm of Love: Long Ballad 秀麗江山之長歌行 which released on July 21st can get a sense of the fashion for this period in this post.  More pictures of the male clothing here since I am too lazy to try to move the strip image over and figure out how to get it right… >.<

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Sinology Sunday: July 17, 2016

Upper class lady. This is an interesting quju I haven’t seen before with the way it opens up in the back and the way the bottom opens out.  I guess it is possible that there were different styles worn back in the day.

This week, take a look at clothing from the Han dynasty from Hu Jingming‘s (琥璟明) weibo.  Those looking forward to the broadcast of Realm of Love: Long Ballad on July 21st can get a taste of the clothing style that persisted for the Western Han Dynasty and into the Eastern Han Dynasty through this post.

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Sinology Sunday: May 15, 2016

This week, take a look at clothing from the later Eastern Han dynasty from Wenliang Jiade ZiXiaoShu‘s 溫涼家的紫小薯 (Warm and Cool Home’s Purple Yam?!?) 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.

Just going to make a note here that sometimes, clothing styles persist in different eras and groups go on a limb and do things like be creative or combine elements from different eras (This one being an example with some of the styling and stuff).  Therefore, every now and again, some clothes get kind of hard to classify into a time period and we are left to rely on factors like fabric choice, style of the sleeves, make-up, adornments, etc. to guesstimate a time period.  That being said, not everything we assign may be completely correct despite how much we try. DX

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Sinology Sunday: April 10, 2016

This week, take a look at clothing from the later Eastern Han dynasty from Ji Xiaoyao‘s 姬小妖 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 a general idea of how Hanfu looked around God of War.

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Sinology Sunday: April 3, 2016

Soldier from the Western Han dynasty during the reign of Emperor Wu.

This week, take a look at armor from the later Han dynasty from Hu Jingming‘s (琥璟明) weibo.  In dramas, we seem to get a lot of variety in terms of armor but it brings up the question of what is really correct for each era.  Hopefully, this post will help with some of these questions and may hold some relevance to currently airing drama God of War.

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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.

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Sinology Sunday: February 28, 2016

Speculation at Xiongnu noble during the late Western Han dynasty.

All hail the mighty Weibo for when you asketh, Weibo shall delivereth.  As we finished our tour through Chinese history through available pictures in the beginning of the year, we asked if anybody had any preferences or requests on what they would like to see.  anon expressed an interest in pre-qing dynasty clothes while kumaxell and heisui expressed an interest in less well-known regimes/minority groups.

A gentle warning that some of the men in the pictures below may be topless to demonstrate how the clothes fit together and other details.  More pictures and information below the cut.

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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.

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Sinology Sunday: January 3, 2016

This week, we start off the new year with Han dynasty-inspired clothing.  Again, photos come from a collection of different sources and I would have to spend way too much time trying to track down the name of all the sources.  Since we are wrapping up our journey through the timeline, please take some time to let us know which Hanfu groups you like best and which time period you like most as we move forward and start jumping around and looking at other Hanfu groups.

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