Sinology Sunday: March 26, 2017

This week we move on from the Tang Dynasty and through the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period into the Song dynasty with Mr. Chen’s Chinese Photo Studio 陳先生的復古照相館.

Clothing from the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period for the most part seems to have been a bit of a transition between the Tang and Song Dynasties.  The Song Dynasty seems to be more of a conservative period (note the colors used for clothes) and is when the practice of Foot Binding became more popular.

This is probably reflected a bit in the clothes with the abandoning of wide and billowing sleeves from past periods since foot binding made walking less steady and the last thing you want is to be juggling huge sleeves if walking alone was a difficult.  The sway of the body created by foot binding was mimicked by the shoes worn Huapenxie 花盆鞋 or Matixie 馬蹄鞋 worn by Manchu women during the Qing Dynasty (See original Sinology Sunday post on this topic)

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Sinology Sunday: December 4, 2016

Northern Song Dynasty

This week, we take a look into more reconstructions from around the Song Dynasty.  Pictures this week come from Clothing and Happiness 裝束與樂舞.  As we all know, the Song dynasty is broken down into the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1126 CE) and the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279 CE), interrupted by the invasion of the Jin Dynasty capturing not only the capital but most of the imperial court.  Images will be labeled with their respective eras.

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