Check out these 10 Interesting Facts about Chinese Clothes in the Tang Dynasty. How many of these do you already know?
Tang Dynasty, was an imperial dynasty of China preceded by the Sui Dynasty. It was founded and established by the Li family, who seized power during the collapse of the Sui Empire. Learn about A Basic Timeline for China – Chinese History and Dynasties
1. Tang Dynasty was one of the most prosperous periods in the Chinese Imperial history. The country developed economic trading relationship with the countries around, which brought in the cultures from these neighboring countries. These cultures had a great impact on the development of the Tang Dynasty clothes.
2. The textile industry made great progress during Tang Dynasty. Silk production factories were all over the country. As a result, people had better quality cloth to make their clothes.
3. To represent the prosperity of the country and the stability of people’s life, the clothes during the Tang Dynasty feature bright colors, good quality, rich pattern. Most of the clothes had flowers and birds on them and used golden thread as embellishment.
4. Women in the Tang Dynasty wore jackets on the top and skirts on the bottom. Inside the jackets they usually had strapless tops. The collars of the jackets were Y shape with the left side above the right side. The waistline of the skirts was empire with a waistband wrapping the jacket. (See picture above)
5. The clothes for women in the other dynasties were pretty conservative. However, the women clothes in the Tang Dynasty were very open and women were allowed to show their chest, especially after the ruling of Empress Wu Zetian.
6. The skirts were very colorful. Women often picked red, yellow, purple or green as the skirt color. Among these bright colors, pomegranate red was the most popular. That was a saying in Chinese, throw oneself under a girl’s pomegranate color skirt, which means a man admires a women very much.
7. Women also wore long scarf around their shoulders and arms. These scarves were made of silk or yarn.
8. Men had two types of clothes, a formal one for big events such as worship, a common one for daily wear. Also, there are certain types of clothes that were only allowed for royals and officials. The colors and patterns on these clothes represented their class, social status and ranking.
9. The sleeves of women’s jackets were usually wide. Some of them were long and some of them were to the length of the elbow.
10. Men’s clothes usually had round collar and narrow long sleeves.