Hanfu Style in the Pre-Qin Period

Hanfu Style in the Pre-Qin Period

The Pre-Qin Period, an ancient period in Chinese history, covers the historical period from the 21st century B.C. to 221 B.C., i.e., the Shang Dynasty, the Western Zhou, and the Eastern Zhou (Spring and Autumn and Warring States Periods). During this long historical period, Hanfu gradually developed a unique style, carrying the culture, etiquette and aesthetic concepts of the society at that time.

1. Simple Early Hanfu
In the early period, especially the Shang Dynasty and the Western Zhou Dynasty, Hanfu showed a relatively simple style. Men mainly wore short brown garments, while women wore dress-like garments. The costumes of this period mainly focused on practicality, and the colors were relatively plain.

2. Highlighting the beauty of etiquette
With the continuous development of society, especially in the Eastern Zhou period, the culture of etiquette gradually became the core of society. In the design of Hanfu, the beauty of etiquette began to be emphasized. Men’s clothing gradually added folds, colored edges and other decorations, and women’s clothing focused on the design of the skirt, presenting a more dignified image.

3. Costume Elements with National Characteristics
During the pre-Qin period, the costume elements of each region were gradually formed with strong local ethnic characteristics. For example, the colors and patterns of the costumes may vary in different states, reflecting the uniqueness of the local culture.

4. Influence of gold culture
The late Shang Dynasty to the early Western Zhou Dynasty was a prosperous period for the gold culture. Jinwen was an ancient script and decorative pattern often used to adorn hanfu (汉服). The patterns of Jinwen were embodied in the costumes, making them more ornate.

5. Adaptation to rituals and banquets
Hanfu was not only the attire for daily life in the pre-Qin period, but also played an important role in rituals such as sacrifices and banquets. On these occasions, people would choose more solemn and delicate Hanfu to show their respect to the gods and guests.

6. Influence of Bronze Culture
The pre-Qin period was the heyday of bronze culture, and the patterns and decorations on the bronzes had a profound influence on the design of Hanfu. Some decorative elements on Hanfu such as folds and geometric patterns can find their counterparts on bronze.

7. Expression of astronomy and geography
The patterns and colors of hanfu often carry rich symbolic meanings. The patterns on some garments may be related to elements of astronomy and geography, reflecting people’s reverence and understanding of the natural environment.

The style of Hanfu in the pre-Qin period carried the ethical concepts, aesthetic standards and religious beliefs of the society at that time, forming a rich and colorful hanfu dress culture. The Hanfu of this period laid the foundation for the development of Hanfu later on, and is a valuable historical legacy in the evolution of Chinese costumes.

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