Xu Jiao in hanfu

Actress Xu Jiao is one of the few celebs who wears hanfu in everyday life. A few photos from her travels.


12 thoughts on “Xu Jiao in hanfu

  1. The revivalist movement is ridiculous. It’s a shame we lost hanfus to the past, but it’s one of the things we shouldn’t bring back. It just doesn’t work anymore.

    though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t curious about a world where chinese people wore hanfu as casually the rest of Asia wore their traditional clothes.

    • I guess it’s their choice… kind of like how some people in Japan or other countries still choose to wear their own historical clothing…

      I think it would be nice to draw more influences from Chinese culture and history into modern clothing if it “works”… But there are several barriers that makes complete “revival” a significant challenge… like fitting it into modern life…

    • Japanese, Koreans and Indians wear their traditional clothing with pride; why should Chinese be considered ridiculous for reviving hanfu as part of their cultural heritage? It’s more absurd to see the prevalence of Manchu garb and pigtails in traditional ceremonies, especially when queues were a symbol of Han subservience to the Manchus.

      • Because Chinese people don’t wear them anymore. It’s not because Chinese people don’t have any pride in their history. They have way enough of that already. But it’s just no longer part of the culture to wear hanfu.

        It is just as weird seeing Greek people wear togas etc.

        • I’ve always liked how Japanese, Koreans and other nationalities use their traditional clothes in holidays and special occasions, it’s sad this is not more common in China. Japan has managed to preserve more elements of chinese culture than China itself. The sad truth is that China has lost it’s culture.

          • To each their own I guess… But movements like these (although sometimes slightly out-of-place feeling to some) do help spread awareness of how Chinese people used to dress and our ancient customs. Without efforts to promote awareness, there’s the other side of the coin of allowing misunderstandings to continue and possibly grow.

            That and it IS their personal freedom to dress as they choose. It’s not like they are trying to force other people to dress this way, like how hanfu ended. I mean, people out there DO choose to wear more bizarre things on a daily basis and even the fashion industry can be just plain outrageous so it does seem a bit disproportional sometimes…

            National “costume” and “dress does change with time, even the dresses we currently associate with certain nationalities represent only a fraction of the history of dress of their respective locals. The one concern I have about the hanfu movement is that there are so many diverse styles of dress that it’s very easy to get lost in it for people just starting to learn about it.

        • Applause to those who are now wearing hanfu, which was a significant and beautiful part of Chinese culture. I suspect hanfu naysayers to be the same ones promoting qipaos as representative of traditional Chinese dress, and then dressing up in hanfu-influenced kimonos and hanbok when they visit Japan and Korea.

        • How odd…
          I’m not chinese but I would never said it’s odd seeing indian wearing sarees or the korean wearing hanbok or the japs wearing kimonos.I think hanfu is beautiful.

  2. Thanks to this post, I actually did some googling to learn more about the so-called “hanfu revivalist”! Quite interesting, because I just realized that I never saw people wear hanfu in modern Chinese areas (China, HK, Taiwan), unless it’s their job — not even for weddings. I do wonder why, because in many (if not most) Asian countries, traditional clothings are a pretty common sight in events such as weddings or baby showers.

    • The main reason is that it kind of died out in the rather long Qing dynasty because people were forced to wear Manchu clothing and sport the Manchu queues or be killed. As the Qing was falling, most revolutionaries were keen on modernization and thus supported cropping of the hair short completely rather than going for a Han revival theme. As a result, there was a three-hundred year period where the only hanfu worn was in Taoist robes and opera singers.

      The hanfu revival thing, as a result, is mostly a modern new movement, and part of the issue is that China is a lot more diverse than most Asian countries, and it’s always really sensitive to making sure the Han majority doesn’t seem too overpowering.

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