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Chinese Clothing History And Development

You must be attracted by the charming Chinese ladies who are dressing Cheongsam, it is Qipao also.The close-fitting woman's dress of Manchurian style with high neck and slit skirt, popularly called qipao in China, has played the role of being the chief female dress in China.Chinese clothing has made its way overseas and has been all the rage in England, America, Germany and Arabia and is held in high esteem in most other countries of the world.

The qipao is wonderful in that it is close-fitting and is made of one piece of material but leaves some parts of
Qi Pao
the female body accessible to glimpses for short moments. Its magic consists in being both covert and overt, leaving much room for exploration by the daring eye.

Chinese women still love qipao principally because it is simple and elegant, suitable for reflecting the beauty of the female body. In other words, this dress can manifest to the full the merit of the wearer's body and minimize the demonstration of its demerit. For example, a woman may have bandy legs or clubbed legs. But if she puts on her qipao she will instantly become graceful in appearance, standing tall and erect.
Ancient Chinese clothing
May be you should know the history and development of the Chinese clothing first. The ancient Chinese people had very distinctive social classes. Each of these has specific styles and significance of dressing. Varied symbols are used on the clothing to distinguish between various strata of society. The ancient Chinese clothing has varied greatly throughout different periods of time. Each social or historical period brought about a new style.

Han styles(汉,3,000 years ago),Sui Dynasty styles(隋,around 500 A.D),Sung Dynasty styles (宋,around 1,100 A.D),Yuan Dynasty styles (元,around 1,200 A.D),Ming Dynasty style (明,around 1368-1644 A.D)

The Chinese clothing associate certain colors with specific seasons: green represents spring, red symbolizes summer, white represents autumn, and black symbolizes winter. The Chinese are said to have a fully developed system of matching, coordinating, and contrasting colors and shades of light and dark in apparel.
Qing Dynasty style
To a person who knows the Chinese language, the term qipao may arouse in his/her mind beautiful associations. For the word qi means in Chinese "flag or banner". Hearing this word, the person will spontaneously and unconsciously associate the woman's figure with a banner or flag waving gently and gracefully in a breeze. So the sound of the word carries a sensuous feeling.

Now, we'll make a historical investigation of the term qipao. For three hundred years since 1616, China was ruled by monarchs of the Man nationality. People of the Man nationality were divided into eight banners, each with a distinctive color, for the purposes of administrative control, military regimentation and daily production. Chinese people of the Han nationality, who had been subjugated, looked up to them in awe and called them qi people, meaning literally "people under banners"
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