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.

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