Every festival in the world is marked by celebration in the form of parties, food, drinks and attire. And it wouldn’t be a traditional Chinese festival without some traditional clothing!
The Chinese people welcome every year with elegant Qi Paos for women, and classy Chang Paos for men. These are generally imprinted with varieties of flower patterns, all representing good luck.
The CNY Outfit – Qi Pao and Chang Pao, was introduced to China during the Qing Dynasty, who ruled over the country centuries ago. The Manchus then ordered that all Han Chinese should adopt the Chang Pao style of dress, or face harsh punishment. In 1644, after the fall of the Ming Dynasty, the Manchu stopped this order, and only required the court and government officials to wear Manchu clothes. However, over time, even the commoners freely adopted the Chang Pao and Qipao as their own dress. Thus, the traditional Chinese Hanfu style of clothing was gradually replaced.
The Qi Pao is the classic dress for Chinese women. It combines the elaborate elegance of Chinese tradition with unique elements of style. The high-necked, closed-collar Qipao, with a loose chest and fitting waist, is one of the most versatile attire in the world. It can be long or short, some with full, medium, short or even no sleeves at all. It can also be custom made to suit different occasions, weather and individual tastes. This sophisticated dress does not require any accessories to enhance its beauty.
Chang Pao is the men’s common wear. It is a long collarless gown, with narrow horseshoe-shaped sleeves, buttons down the left front, four slits (on the lower sides of the gown) and a fitting waist. This item of clothing is perfect for men while riding the horse. These horseshoe sleeves were designed to cover the hands during winter times and men would curl the sleeves up during hunting or conducting their daily business. The male Chang Pao goes well with the western overcoat, fedora, and scarf, and portrays a unique East Asian modernity.
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