Blog Author’s note: After seeing the news on Hanminzu.com, I couldn’t help but repost it here, to show the potential of what Hanfu could be, given the proper respect and dignity it deserves as the formal dress of a nationality. Be warned that this post is image-heavy and may stress your Internet line.
If that is no matter, then be warned that your discrimination for Hanfu quality may forever be changed by viewing this post, or an urge to splurge RMB4200 for a set of clothes (about CDN$650) like so. Discretion is advised.
Please note that the following images portray a full set of formal Hanfu based on Ming artefacts, for ladies. The crinoline skirt and zhongyi top is made of hemp, and is complementary when buying a full set of clothes. The outer clothing are all made of real silk brocade, with patterns researched and recreated according to the patterns found on authentic Ming artefacts.
“I received a package today – it was the new Hanfu from Minghua Tang. Two months I’ve waited! From picking the colours, it was a long wait, and after 2 months, it’s finally here.
With a heart full of worship – yes, worship – I peeled away at the layer after layers of packaging, taking enjoyment through the whole shedding process.
Just like a garden in your dreams, as you push open a set of doors, another lies just ahead…
The package is wrapped with a cloth, with the Minghua Tang logo.
There is love with this packaging, as if one was unravelling its clothes layer by layer.
The box. It's covered in blue fabric, so it looks almost like a book box...
Open the box lid, wow, it's really playing on my nerve. I don't see clothes, but a purplish-red small pillow. What's this for, sleeping? Or beauty spa? (It's actually used during ironing the clothes)
Manual. This side shows how to wear. The other side shows how to store.
Taking off the lining paper, haha, the skirt was concealed by placing the crinoline skirt on top...this skirt has been starched.
Gorgeous skirt, with thick layers of cloud-patterned brocade. The skirt flaps were woven in gold (color), and is quite heavy.
Light blue intertwined grapevine-patterned cape. This colour of fabric is originally used for men's clothing, but I've taken care to use it for my cape. The lining inside is navy blue.
Tibetan-blue intertwined lotus pattern Ao (untucked top). Pink lining.
Unfolding the Ao, the front centre seam is truly a masterpiece - you can barely find it.
Our work unit didn't have an iron, so I hurriedly put it on, got downstairs and snapped a few photos. Pardon the creases. If I were to wear this formally I'd have to iron it first.