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Hanfu: Craftsmanship behind the beautiful trend

Updated: 2019-09-06 07:00:00

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Han cultural activities have frequently been organized by hanfu aficionados in recent years to promote the traditional culture and clothes of Han people. [Photos provided to China Daily]

This summer, have you been amazed by women wearing hanfu, or Han-style clothing, at subway stations, shopping malls, pedestrian streets or scenic areas? Hanfu has enjoyed a public revival in recent years, especially among young people.

In 2018, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China set the third day of the third month of the Chinese lunar calendar, traditionally the birthday of the Chinese people's mythological ancestor the Yellow Emperor, as the annual Traditional Chinese Garment Day. Since then, the beauty of hanfu has gained more and more recognition and acceptance by common people.

Generally, hanfu refers to traditional Chinese garments worn by the Han ethnic group before the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Historically, Han Chinese clothing has also influenced some of its neighboring cultural costumes, including the Japanese kimono, Korean hanbok, and clothing of Mongolia, Vietnam and Bhutan.

Hanfu appears elegant and gorgeous, and not only due to the thousands of years of culture behind its beautiful design. This traditional dress also stands out because of its remarkable craftsmanship and aesthetics, from fabric to ornamentation. Hanfu embraces more than 30 examples of China's intangible cultural heritage as well as Chinese arts and crafts under preservation.

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