Hanfu for Dummies: Index of how-to tutorials

How an entire set of Shuhe would look together.

As articles collect in a blog, it may be difficult to find specific content that are particularly useful, such as tutorials and patterns for making Hanfu. This page records and links all Hanfu how-to sessions as posted on this blog in the past 2 years.

Also, an in-site search on the keywords “dummies” or the tag “how-to” would also generate results that would lead you to these tutorials. Please stay tuned in the future using these functions, or simply check back here.

The Dummies’ Guide to the Aoqun: A guide to making the basic shape of a wide-sleeved top and pleated wrap skirt, with a 15th century flair.

Standup Collar for Dummies: Extended reading for after mastering the Aoqun design above, by variating collar design into a unique design invented in the late Ming dynasty, in the last of days for Hanfu innovations prior to its forced end.

The Dummies’ Guide to the Shenyi: A basic tutorial to the composition of the earliest full-length robe design as prescribed by the Zhou Book of Rituals. A must for coming-of-age or graduation ceremonies!

The Dummies’ Guide to the Shuhe: Part A, Part B: A two-part tutorial by Hu Jingming that also teaches how to sew Hanfu with a sewing machine, as well as doing acrylic prints. The Shuhe is the daily-essential wear worn for physical labour, sports, or simply at home. (Addendum: Shuhe Patterns)

The Dummies’ Guide to the Yesa and Tieli: Fun with long robes, facades, and pleated skirts, designed for the gentleman on the move! Behold one of the most complex designs in the existing Hanfu plethora. Suitable for anything from businesswear to golf.

The Dummies’ Guide to the Jade Belt: A simple photo-essay by Hanfu Beijing member Xuefeijun on making and assembling a jade belt (yudai), perhaps the most uniquely Chinese belt design.

On Maintenance of Hanfu: Hu Jingming continues to give general advice on taking care of fabric and clothing in general, and discusses the necessary precautions and faux-pas in the washing and drying of Hanfu.

On the Curves on Hanfu: Hu Jingming explains how the collar and bottom hems of tops and robes are cut in a mathematically-sound way, allowing for real professional tailoring craftsmanship!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nicole
    Jun 30, 2014 @ 11:19:39

    Hi, I appeal to the owner of this site,that the Chinese handful did survive in its variant counterpart. Do Google “nonya costume or nonya baju panjang” and you will be astonished to find the resemblance.
    The peranakan Chinese are a group of Chinese in Southeast Asia who migrated from China during the Ming Dynasty.
    Please do more research in this and you will discover a lot.


  2. Christina
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 10:15:12

    The peranakan top is patterned on Ming dynasty style of dress. It’s spread throughout Southeast Asia was courtesy of Zheng He’s voyages to cultivate trade routes all the way to the Middle East. As I understand it, the Hanfu features were not continued beyond Tang dynasty. I may be wrong.


    • Satsuki Shizuka 五月靜
      Nov 29, 2015 @ 12:57:12

      The Ming is 1368-1644. The Tang is 618-907. You are probably referring to the Qing (1644-1911) rather than the Tang (or else it would make no sense: how do you get something into SE Asia centuries after it disappeared?).
      Even so, the Queue Order did not spell a complete end to the knowledge and memory of the dress, but rather a political relegation. That’s why we are able to revive it today through books, artifacts, and (although more misleading than otherwise) its currently-transmitted forms in mutation.


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