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)

More pictures below the cut.

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.

Chinese History Timeline

General Chinese Clothing Timeline

Hanfu: General InformationHanfu List

Make-up: LipsEyebrows

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