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Traditional Asian Attire Demo. by 0OBluubloodO0 Traditional Asian Attire Demo. by 0OBluubloodO0
When I was taking fashion at school I really liked to add Oriental elements into everything I design, however something I've realised is that many people's lack of understanding of the difference between the cultures of many Asian countries are quite serious, no offense to anybody, it is something I've observed and taken notice quite often. For example a ball dress concept I've drew had wide, drapy sleeves and my TFA teacher immediately complimented me on how good my 'kimono' looked...and then I told her it is in fact an adaptation from the Chinese garment Hanfu.

She looked at me like I just came back from Mars.

The truth is that the media these day seemed to promote Japanese culture quite well but that of others perhaps not so much. What most people think is that kimono is the ultimate Japanese fashion emblem while that of Chinese is the Qi-pao(or some call it Cheongsam), the body hugging, mandarin-collared, slightly 'slutty' dress...last time I've posted my ball-dress design onto my personal blog a few people actually said: "That's copied from kimono." and even "Why do you Chinese people like to copy others so much?"

And I was like 0_0 son of a bridge are you FRUCKING kidding me?!!
And then I was lyk hell no these people need to be educated about the Far East for Lady Gaga's sake...
So here I drew these, partially from my past concepts...

As you can see Hanfu is accually THE Chinese attire, its been around since god knows when and only until three hundred years ago, when the Manchus took over the Han, that Qipao was worn instead. And even then, Qipao didn't look like the one I drew, the tight-bodied adaptation was due to 1930's Shanghai social elites wanting something sexier to show off their tits and thighs and yeah....

As for the Korean Hanbok if you are into Kpop groups then you'd be pretty familiar with that.

Hanfu is really complex and its form varies depending on seasons, ranks and time periods, my concept drawing was inspired from the Song Dynasty female scholars.

So if anyone bothered to read all this stuff I spat out hope you got a much better understanding for tradition East Asian garments.

Have a great day ppl. (my...this should be a journal
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ndunnart Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to say first of all that those drawings are fantastic, and I especially love the proportions of the characters and the attention to detail is staggering. Even their shoes fit the piece quite well.

Also thank you for the write up, I feel its very important to be proud and knowledgable about your culture as well as others, and think that it is mutually beneficial for everyone to "dabble" in other customs and have a good understanding of where certain fashions originate, and how they have changed over time. I am no fashion expert but I have an appreciation (even as a guy) for culture and the evolution of certain styles throughout time.

I happen to be one of those people with a limited knowledge of where much of oriental clothing originates, and if someone where to ask me what i know or think about oriental elements of dress, i would probs just answer that I know that people in Japan wear a kimono. Now I know a little more. When you present your art like this, it broadens my horizons, so to say...and awakens interest so that i want to look into the history behind the dress, and how different regions in Asia have progressed with their culture and clothing.
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your appreciation. I just want to add that this is drawn at the start of last year, when I first become interested in the Hanfu-movement in China, at that time I was not aware of the basic regulations of the Hanfu system, hence my 3rd drawing is really not an accurate representation of hanfu LOL :P
I'm planning to re-draw another version, if you're interested in historically accurate legit hanfu heres some revivals: tieba.baidu.com/p/2125457446
Overall thanks for the comment, have a nice day.
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Siolan Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
thank you so much to bother write this and drew it!
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Numbe-Del-Cielo Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, thank you.  I didn't know that before and I am glad I took the time to read this :)
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome.
btw the Hanfu was not drawn accurately since this is from 2 years ago and at that time I had not looked into it very much
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Numbe-Del-Cielo Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good to know
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Idontknowwhoyouknow Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I spent some time watching wuxia movies as well as K-Drama in my childhood, and now I study both Western and Asian historical fashion. 
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Um...these examples i drew are not accurately historical, many aspects are more a creative approach,so it is a primer only.

BTW costumes in wuxia movies are not necessarily accurate either, especially in the presentation of hanfu.
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Idontknowwhoyouknow Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I saw a very nice diagram of fashions Chinese women wear fav.me/d5uaq7g It's interesting. 
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also there is another point in my rant which I decided not to explain just because of the sheer difficulty of the explanation: Problem is that because China is a country like Japan and Korea, ppl, especially those who do not understand Asian cultures very well, like to treat the Chinese as A SINGLE ETHNIC GROUP, forgetting how seriously diverse the country is, how seriously long its histories were and how it is utterly IMPOSSIBLE to have one stereotype on the country's quality and attire. And I believe that is exactly the difficulty of the Hanfu movement, which you may or may not have heard of,young ppl trying to revive their culture before the Qing invasion in the recent years. There is not one singular representation of Chinese culture, which is why it is difficult to get ppl to have a correct impression of Chinese and Han culture...

My point is one should not compare Hanfu with Kimono or Hanbok, just lyk how one should not compare a mono-ethnic country's culture with a 56-ethnic country's culture....

But then I want people to see Hanfu's existence, which is why I drew these pictures, so it is a primer.

BTW if you are interested to know about Hanfu and the culture behind it, this mv would be a good start:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0ORKY…
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Idontknowwhoyouknow Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course China is diverse! There are many places and cultures there, and there is no such thing as a true stereotype that can put all the Chinese people. 

Yes, I have heard of the Hanfu Movement. 

Living in a country with an incredibly diverse culture, I understand the difficulty of making people have a correct impression of my country's culture. The item they remember most is batik, and the other fabulously made fabrics are usually forgotten, but is now slowly being recognized. 

Well, that is a good reason to draw it.
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes yes I've seen it. The amount of effort the artist have put into that is clearly impressive, but, yes I have to say the but, it is very extremely difficult and not very legit to generalize chinese attires by dynasties, I'd love to explain why but it would probably take me the whole day...
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SwedenSpeedway Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is kind of sad how these things are mixed up, but then again a lot of styles personalities and culture has always been confused with each other and probably will still for a few years or longwr.

But hopefully some will take notice of the details of difference.. or at least be open to the idea that they might have gotteb things wrong :)

So anyways, I like your take on the different styles and might stick around for whatever else you got on your page. Thumbs up!
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Soulistia Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Thank-you, I'm an Asian of a traditional Family , that's raised in a foreign country where there is not much of a Asian influence. Therefore i have to study on my own of my country's history and Culture. Whenever i tell people of the Asian attire they get confused of what i say. To those who don't know what i know here is a story of where Japanese came from. A short summary-
A emperor wanted to acquire a medicine of Longevity and never aging , He sent a few hundred children to aid in this "mission".Along with a few officials and their family came . They went to this " celestial being's Island" Which is Japan . ( well, they didn't know that) They knew this mission would fail, if they went back to their homeland they will be punished by the emperor. They decided to stay on the island and married the  Aboriginal people there. Therefore the Kimono and the Chinese attire has resemblances. 
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KuroSama2 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to have two qi pao and I would get mad when ever someone called them kimono. As a little kid I though hanbok were really ugly, they've grown on me though.
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PetiteBubu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for this chart! I was looking for something like this! :D:D:D
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elena-landry Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
the one on the far left looks like Vidia from Disney's Fairys (i do not really like fairys but just made the observation)
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0-MermaidRibbon-0 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!! *-*
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Aellostriker2 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i blame anime for bearing the idea that Japan is the only Asian country.
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL true dat
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wolfangel28 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
I am so well informed now. Thank you!
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RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
Even I can tell the difference. Didn't know the proper name for the Han Fu or the Qi Pao, but I could tell they were Chinese, not Japanese, not Korean. Movies like House of the Flying Daggers have the Han Fu, that's how I became acquainted with them...
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Rey-of-Arcadia Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student
I'm Asian and it gets so annoying. One time I wore and ao dai which is a Vietnamese dress. Some kid from a school far away asked me why I was wearing a kimono. Gah. I mean an ao dai doesn't have a sash, it's more similar to a quipao in that way, all except with sleeves, and you wear free flowing silk pants underneath. I have a hang bok, and kimono too, but they look completely different.
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LesleyClarke-Artist Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great discretion an I love how you brought your teacher down to size many school teachers need it because half the time they don't know what there talking about thank you for showing your beautiful work to the world of dA you are so talented please also check out my gallery thanks xx
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cobaltbrush Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Seeing this art reminds me of the time I have started drawing. No matter how many times I've drawn Chinese warriors or fighters, my peers (today) mistaken them as Japanese samurai.

By the way, nice drawing, and quite a description you've made.
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mihijime Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow - very informative... Thanks! I love the look of Kimono but the Hanfu is also so pretty - I really never knew the difference before. My daughter rather prefers the Qi-pao style and actually has one she got when younger. :)
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mandaren Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Hanfus more than Kimonos. They just seem more elegant and graceful while the Japanese Kimono seems more rigid and confining. Both garments are lovely though.

At times it almost seems as though debating these garments history with uneducated people is like asking which came first, the Kimono or the Hanfu?

I think the Hanfu was first though....
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're quite right...Kimono was adapted based on Hanfu.
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Shoye Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
haha, and Chinese people say that Kimonos were originally copied from Hanfu lol

well said and good picture! Like your works <3
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Giadini Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have to say that I'm no expert on fashion but these drawing are brilliant!

Great work!!
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Kon13 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I first looked at this I thought they were characters from Dynasty Warriors. lol I love it thought and I really like that you've told a bit about the clothes. Thank you so much~!
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^w^ Welcome~
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Klaw117 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Ok, I never leave comments on this site (I only made this account to get past the censors that some artists put up), but this drawing was so good that I felt compelled to break my silence.

First of all, THANK YOU for actually trying to educate those who are less informed than the rest of us. It pains me to see people perpetuating the stereotype that all Asians are the same along with the fact that developments in politics have swept aside several noteworthy traditional aspects of society including the national costume. Seeing someone trying to promote the good traditional aspects of society always makes me happy.

Second, are you going to make another version of this drawing that shows the traditional male versions of the East Asian national costumes? Everyone focuses on the female aspect, but I'd like to learn more about the male aspect. I know that there's a male version of the Hanfu (I only know this from watching Hong Kong dramas), but I don't know anything about the male versions of the Korean or Japanese national costumes. The only other thing I know is that the Zhongshan/Mao suit emerged in post-Qing China.

Personally, my favorite is the Hanfu due to its cultural value and my Chinese heritage. It sucks that it isn't seen as much as the hanbok or kimono in modern times. However, I'm not gonna lie; as a guy, I do enjoy seeing a pretty girl wear a cheongsam/qipao as long as it doesn't make her look slutty.
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, I feel so honoured to be someone who made you want to comment~ ^ ^

I will be updating a male version of Chinese traditional hanfu variations in the upcoming Easter holidays,I will let you know when I do.
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KinnoHitsuji Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:+fav: on the comment below the dresses. I love you! Especially since I ran into this. With some stupid comment where someone said, "But they look all the same!" when I wore a hanbok with a durumagi on top. (I also own a kimono... and have been drooling over hanfu.. also own a sari and made a fusion Cheongsam)

What? India (with tons of ways and history to drape the sari), the kimono (which also has a long history), the hanbok (which has three basic versions) and the hanfu (which is only ONE example from China) must all look the frick the same! Not to mention Mongolia has such a wide range on the Del...

So thank you. Makes me feel vindicated that someone also has encountered the same thing!
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome.

I don't expect people of the 'civilized Western society' to understand so much about Asian culture. It would be enough for me that they know the basic difference between each country.
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KinnoHitsuji Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would hope for that too!
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Peiiz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whoa thanks for the drawing and the information ^^
It was very interesting
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winterbreath1998 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
yes! i agree! people are so freaking ignorant about asian cultures, and it really just pisses me off. btw i really loved this
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MFP98 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Amazing!!! You captured the countries's designs perfectly.
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Rowdain Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love it, very accurate depiction and well drawn
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Ka-taGoRy9 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
ok, you are, literally, my fave person in the whole WORLD right now! because you're right, it's not sooooo bad--except when it is--but people are so ignorant! urgh! and the thing is that it's not, not knowing the clothes specific to each country that's the worst--though it's annoying and problematic as fuck--it's the fact that, that ignorance comes from not knowing ANYTHING relevant, accurate, or realistic about the culture and peoples of those nations. and as a Japanese-American, myself, let me say that i can understand better than most people.
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kobaltkween Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. That's really sad. I'm African American, and haven't lived anywhere with a predominant Asian population, but I know the difference between most of these just from my own random clothing research. I've downloaded reference images of the older Qi Pao designs. I would have expected a TFA teacher to have at least as much knowledge as I do. But then, my husband and I keep ending up shouting at the screen each time we come across the Iron Man 3 trailer showing Ben Kingsley as the very well established Marvel character The Mandarin. Great actor, but seriously? The character is _named_ The Mandarin. It seems to me like Hollywood goes out of its way to not cast anyone of East Asian heritage in anything. And complete spoils a lot of very good original material in the process.
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess it's just what Hollywood like to do a lot ...and yes I agree with you——it gets very annoying sometimes.
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kobaltkween Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not that I think The Mandarin was a great Marvel character. I never actually read anything with him. But The Last Airbender was a great disappointment for me.
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qfzpjm159 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
要多多加油哦~!
畫得有點像國中生的水平。
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NekoLida Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
很漂亮哦!!!不过汉服的形制不对哦。。
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SukiRin Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
果然还是汉服最好看啊
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
就是嘛~~> <
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KehXKeova Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
BEAUTIFUL!!! :iconiloveitplz:
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