By Hua Mei

A part of the tutorial and wonderfully produced Cultural China sequence, this ebook specializes in the lengthy background of clothes and embellishes in China, that are certainly one of the prerequisites of existence, besides a part of China’s conventional craft historical past. This e-book discusses the improvement of garment making via archeological research, and the portrayals of other sorts of garments in historic texts and drawings. As a retrospective of clothes all through chinese language background, we will outline cultural hobbies through the centuries. In shiny colour, with illustrations and pictures accompanying the textual content all through.

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They not only powdered their faces, darkened their eyebrows, rouged their cheeks or put on lipsticks. These women also decorated their foreheads with a yellow crescent, which was said to be an imitation of the northwestern ethnic minorities. Eyebrows were painted in different shapes. ” The commoners had their own trendy brow styles as well. Moreover, decorative designs are put between the eyebrows as a finishing touch, made with feathers, seashells, fish bones, pure gold, or just The facial make-up sketch drawings for different periods in the Tang Dynasty.

Dynasty, and Zhou Fang, another famous painter, were particularly good at portraying opulent women in elaborate dresses. Zhou Fang, in his painting Lady with the Flower in the Hair, portrayed a beauty with a long gown lightly covering the breasts, revealing so� and supple shoulders under a silk cape. The Tang aesthetics was that of suppleness and opulence, like peonies in flowers, men and women with short necks and shoulders, and horses with small head, thick neck and a large backside. In Tang paintings, women tried to show their suppleness by pleating their skirts in accordion form, and raised the waist all the way up to under the armpits, so that the waistline was barrel shaped to show a full and round body contour.

In each dynasty there were clearly defined rules and decrees on the material, color, decorative pattern and style of dress, distinguishing the royal, the civil and military officials and the commoners. Anyone dressing against this code was severely punished. This practice of regulating and defining the ranks of officials and the commoners was apparently intended at upholding the order of the ruling class, but contributed to the diversity of Chinese garments. The mention of ancient Chinese official uniforms The image of an ancient official wearing a black gauze cap shown in New Year pictures.

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