Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Hanfu’ Category

If one day you happen to get a chance to wear Chinese court dress there is a question that would come to mind: what to wear? Chinese Han court dress does not simply exist as one version fits all. There are many different versions and they also have the differences in rank to contend with. We must first work out the Chinese equivalents to the British system in order to pinpoint what is appropriate to wear. This is important as if one wears the correct one, it turns the Hanfu court dress into something relevant and grounded rather than a simple costume that will ‘make do’. But, conversion from English to Chinese is not as simple as it seems as there are gaps. For this, we follow on from the Ming Dynasty standards as this was the last dynasty to use Chinese Han dress before being replaced by Manchurian Standards. We must then study this from where the development left off.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Today, I experienced what was the closest us Brits ever got to a ‘proper Chinese Street Festival’.

I was misinformed by my mother as to what she was getting up to. In fact, she was to take part in a BBC, Lottery funded, China Now event at Victoria Square, Birmingham. She didn’t explain entirely what it was about. So, I went to town to watch The Dark Knight. Unfortuantely, it was going to open _next_ Thursday and not last Thursday! Not wanting to have a wasted trip to twon, I decided to have a walk about and happened upon this event.

During the event, the Pak Ming Cantonese Opera made an appearance, and the musicians finally came out of hidding after 10 years absentia. After that little ‘finally!’ there came the procession. It was rather weird at first. There were these strange massive mask like thing which were meant to be Qilin, and attached to them were these 50 foot long trailing streamers which around 10 or so performers lifted together covering them to resemble something similar to a lion dance set up. There there three of these Qilin coloured red, yellow and blue.
(more…)

Read Full Post »