Ancient Chinese Attire
By: K Ambrose
Ancient Chinese Poor/Rich Attire
Peasant farmers wore loose loose garments made of hemp. Peasants wore long shirt like clothing made of hemp.Wealthy people usually wore expensive silk. Members of impartial court, wealthy ladies, high-ranking officials, and scholars were beautiful robes made of silk. Materials that were used for making clothes were protected by imperial degree. Silk, as a fabric was restricted to the rich. The poor wore hemp or ramie.
Men of the court wore belted pao robes of silk that were voluminous with large kimono-like sleeves and worn always with a coat and loose fitting pants underneath them. A kimono is a long, loose robe with wide sleeves and tied with a sash, originally worn as a formal garment in Japan and now also used elsewhere as a robe.Everything about fashion in ancient china depended on weather they were in the upper or lower class, and their status.
Costumes play an important role in chinese culture and history. Their basic features are cross-collar, wrapping the right lapel over the left, tying with sash and a form of blouse plus skirt or long gown. Traditional clothes are only worn during some certain festivals, ceremonies or religious occasions.
Chinese traditional clothes did not only evolve over time; chinese clothes often transformed dramatically following Dynastic changes or the Imperial decree of a new ruler. Among the upper dominating class, only to the Emperor was assigned the color yellow and the dragon emblem on traditional Chinese imperial dress as an exclusive affirmation of their power.
Chinese ancient beauties in traditional costume(Hanfu)