Dignity of the clothes: Top-notch packaging for top-notch couture

427504c1g6a4570f70bad&690Blog 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.
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From Longpan’s blog http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_427504c10100dpkk.html, fully translated into English by this blog.
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…

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The package is wrapped with a cloth, with the Minghua Tang logo.

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.

There is love with this packaging, as if one was unravelling its clothes layer by layer.

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The box. It's covered in blue fabric, so it looks almost like a book box...

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?

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)

 

Instruction Manual.

Instruction Manual.

Manual. This side shows how to wear. The other side shows how to store.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tibetan-blue intertwined lotus pattern Ao (untucked top). Pink lining.

Unfolding the Ao, the front centre seam was truly a masterpiece - you can barely find it.

Unfolding the Ao, the front centre seam is truly a masterpiece - you can barely find it.

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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.

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.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chenxing
    May 21, 2009 @ 19:57:19

    Wow finally we start to have people producing serious high stand Hanfus as Japanese treat kimonos. I like the colour tone on this set of Hanfu very well, so noble yet totally not garish. What is the upper piece called? (apparently “襖”?)my favorite female’s Hanfu is always 曲踞深衣……

    Anyway, Shizuka Satsuki (静香五月?Both look like Given name to me)様,I sent you an email about a week or so ago regarding repairing my Guqin. I guess that mail might have sunk into spam or something.

    I am a Guqin student in Waterloo and i just broke my strings, i tried to put on a set up spare string but it didn’t work out very well. so i am wondering if it is okay for me to come visit your Guqin club sometime to fix it. If there be any cost for replacing another set of strings, i will be happy to afford. Facing a broken string Guqin everyday is really sad. It will be very nice to meet you in person after watching your videos on Youtube and reading the blogs.

    Thank you very much.

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    • Satsuki Shizuka
      May 21, 2009 @ 20:46:08

      I have replied to your email now. It’s going to be hectic for me soon, with 4 essays for 2 classes to write!

      The Kanji of my pen name is written 五月 靜. String costs – you’re the one buying, so it doesn’t have much to do with me personally. (I can introduce to you places to get strings)

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      • Chenxing
        May 22, 2009 @ 00:04:26

        Thank you, just replied the email.

        Haha, although i don’t quite know why you used these serious terms, I guess there must be a little misinterpretation… NVM. Isn’t it a classic ‘hello’ anyway.

        Very Nice to meet you, Ms. Yeung.

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    • sun
      Jul 26, 2009 @ 21:30:55

      it’s 曲裾, not 曲踞.

      Reply

  2. Billy
    May 26, 2009 @ 04:07:07

    wow, now that looks amazing. Im glad Hanfu is finally getting the respect it deserves. Do you think that there is a considerable market for these high end Hanfu though? Im afraid that there may not be, considering many Hanfu enthusiasts make their own Hanfu, either because its cheaper or they have nowhere to buy them. How did she order from them? Their online store doesnt seem to be up yet cause their site just links to their blog still. I wonder if they sell various men’s clothing as well

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  3. charlesrupertdomeki
    May 28, 2009 @ 07:50:15

    I…. *speechless*!

    I think Minghua Tang has once again outdone itself in terms of quality and sincerity. The price is very reasonable as well for a made-to-order Hanfu. The packaging itself is breathtaking!

    Definately I will get a set one day from them.

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  4. diao su
    Jun 08, 2009 @ 18:48:52

    from “名华堂” i think!

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  5. Jensen
    Jun 18, 2009 @ 22:38:00

    This is gorgeous!

    Stable politics leads to prosperous economy, prosperous economy leads to rich culture. This is always true for a green growing thing.

    I think along with the booming economy, we will see more and more dedicated traditional culture product from China, just like Japan did in 60s – 70s.

    And again, gorgeous hanfu~

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