by Hanfu Trend 汉服潮流
Hanfu, literally 'Han clothes,' refers to the traditional dress of the Han ethnic group for all of history before the Qing Dynasty (1636–1912). It is considered a symbol of authentic Chinese culture.
Hanfu features a loose yi (/ee/) 衣 'upper garment') with sleeves and a skirt-like shang (/shung/ 裳 'lower garment' ). The belt sash was often decorated with jade. It can be traced back more than 4,700 years ago. Legend has it that the process of making silk cloth was first invented by the consort of the Yellow Emperor, Leizu, around the year 2696 BC.
Hanfu greatly influenced clothing traditions in neighboring Asian countries, such as the Japanese kimono, the Korean hanbok, and the Vietnamese Áo giao lĩnh.
After falling out of fashion for more than 500 years, a renaissance of Hanfu was called for. "Five years ago, people didn't understand Hanfu, they saw it as a stage costume for ancient dynasties. But now, if you wear it on the street, people know this is Hanfu, Chinese traditional clothing," Jet, founder of Hanfu Trend, told Penang360.
"I think Hanfu interests us because of the Han culture behind it. Traditional aesthetics affect the way we live and the way we think. With its growing popularity among youngsters, Hanfu will be promoted more, normalized, and accepted like modern clothing," he said.