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.
As you can imagine, though we may want to be able to get a bigger picture of these lesser known peoples and dynasties, this may pose a challenge since groups may tend to favor more well-known dynasties before branching out to other periods but some groups that seem more focused on history and archaeology as opposed to the pretty have started to come up with some stuff.
This week, we explore Xiongnu clothing, which runs around the time of the late Western Han dynasty. Also, it correlates nicely with Princess Jieyou. As you may have noticed in dramas, these people are often portrayed as having a culture that seems to be inspired by the Middle East and if you really think about it, this may not make the most sense since it brings up the question of if the culture of the Middle East had developed to that extent yet and the probable reality of “nomadic” life in this time period.
Also, since descriptions that remain of these people seems to imply they are nomadic, this probably also poses a problem when it comes to archaeology, locating archaeological sites, and preservation of artifacts. This does not even start to take into account the diversity that seems to have prevailed among this confederation. Therefore, this reconstruction from Hu Jingming‘s (琥璟明) weibo can probably only be described as speculative based on the evidence we have thus far but it does provide some insight (and probably destroys some romanticisms we have developed from dramas).
Every now and again, people on weibo post pictures in long strips that I have been too lazy to find a way to save and re-post. More details on Xiongnu clothing and how they fit together on the strip here.
Hanfu groups seem to work together so I apologize ahead of time in case there are any repeats. Also, please understand that sorting Hanfu by era can be hard due to similar styles carrying over into different eras, lack of historical evidence or knowledge, and various other factors.
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.