Centuries-old Chinese fashion is called as “authentic” Hanfu. It consists of tight-fitting, and high-necked clothes which are condo as typical Chinese fashion, in the Hanfu society. It is actually originated from the racial Manchu people. This fashion of Chinese cultural identity nearly died out in the early 20th century. Now, wearing Han clothes sounds to be a declaration of the revival of cultural and historical identity.

Aspirations of Zhang Lingshan

Zhang Lingshan was a child when she watched the Chinese drama named, “Palace” on TV. This drama was charmed by the antique clothing. The outfits were bright and elegant, lengthy gowns embroidered with lotus blossoms and dragons. Those outfits also contained sophisticated headpieces. Zhang Lingshan said, “They seemed fairy-like, dreamy. I was totally drawn by the glamour of these clothes, and then finally came to understand the custom of Hanfu, and I loved it more and more.”

Now 19 years old Zhang is a member of China’s thriving “Hanfu” movement. It is a renaissance which promotes old ancient Hanfu clothing. This movement is launched in the early 2000s and has now become popular. While walking through main cities you may glimpse some people who dressed in the vast gowns, twisted collars, and broad sleeves of Hanfu, which directly translates to “Han clothes.”

There are Hanfu marts, designers, researchers, and studios that rent out Hanfu accessories and costumes. Hanfu dresses expense starts from $30 to thousand dollars, relying on the quality of stuff. The Hanfu industry’s entire market price is rated to be worth 1.09 billion yuan (almost $154 million).

Tight-knit Hanfu organizations and university clubs frequently arrange several activities like family games and clothing exhibitions. Zhang and her companions periodically visit areas with antique architecture. These places include Beijing’s Forbidden City, a city where kings once lived. Then they take photos in Han costumes and publish them on social media.

Chen Zhenbing, who is chairman of the China Hanfu Association. He was fell in love with the Han clothes when he was just 16. He made his first Hanfu dress when this fashion was the least interest of others. He held a Hanfu event in 2005, and that event is attended by only 50 people. After five years, an identical event attended by 500 people, Chen said. Now, Hanfu events across the country can bring out about thousands of attendees. Other than that Hanfu is a great way to dedicate Chinese culture and enhance national self-esteem.

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