This week, we’ll be trying out a new weekly and calling it Sinology Sunday. Essentially, we hope to use this feature to introduce bits of knowledge about Chinese language, culture, history, literature, society, etc, that can (hopefully) supplement our readers’ understanding of Chinese entertainment. You can find more pictures below the cut.
For better or worse, the evolution of Chinese clothing is one of those topics that would take forever to write about. We can begin our attempt by introducing the Hanfu movement. Regardless of whether you love it or see it as a crazy offshoot of historical revivalism, the one thing that we can agree on is that it has produced many high quality pictures, with historical accuracy that comes from adhering extraordinarily well to current scholarly knowledge.
In other words, they give you an opportunity outside of dramas and movies to ogle pretty clothing.
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. We start this week with featuring clothes inspired by the Tang dynasty, from the Jinse Yizhuang 锦瑟衣庄 (“Jin” describes a brocade, “se” describes a Chinese harp. “Yizhuang” literally means “Village of Clothing.” Essentially, this is a village of beautiful clothing!)