Traditional Ancient Chinese clothing or “Hanfu” had been seen wear by youth around Beijing and Guangzhou, China. The revival and modernization of ancient Chinese clothing is a small trend happening in China region. Started as an experiment by students from the university had become a follow-up fashion trend by today youth, although the number of participants is minimal, you could see few are wearing ancient Chinese clothing around Beijing street.
With the popularity of fantasy epic drama such as Ten miles of peach blossom (Eternal Love), it’s no surprise people had no hesitation to wear ancient clothing just like the character in the drama. If you’ve seen the drama, you’ll know how stunning and beautiful the character is wearing the ancient clothing, especially Dilraba Dilmurat, who portraits Red Fox Princess in eternal love.
Although there’s still some perceptive view on people wearing ancient Chinese clothing, Kang Wei, a commerce and management student at Southwest Petroleum University in Chengdu, Sichuan province, wore Hanfu clothing almost every day and received the strange eye every now and then but she’s fine and happy people looking at her.
“Its like cosplay but i wear it on everyday activity and life”
says Kang Wei, Hanfu enthusiast
However don’t think taking care of ancient Chinese clothing or Hanfu is an easy task since most Hanfu was made of thin fabric and some silk material, many users who own a Hanfu said washing the cloth is the most difficult task, cannot machine wash, must use the old traditional way, by hand if you do not want to ruin the cloth. Some needed an expert cleaner to take care of the cloth washing, yes it is that delicate, well you can imagine how people from ancient era washed their cloth.
In 2015, members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress proposed making ‘Hanfu’ China’s national dress and suggest all universities and academics should mandatory to have students wear Hanfu style clothing.
However. Wang Tingting, an online broadcaster from Chongqing in southwestern China, said she had been wearing Hanfu regularly for several years, but preferred to see it as the traditional dress of the Han people, not as a fashion style that represented all Chinese.
“Making Hanfu China’s national dress could be misleading, as if it was promoting Han nationalism and that could lead to ethnic conflicts,”
says Wang Tingting, an online broadcaster from Chongqing in southwestern China
Fashion is fashion, there’s no need to political the subject. Young people of China just want to experience the feeling of wearing their heritage of ancient Chinese clothing, there is no need to associate them with Han, Ching, or ethnic form.
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