Silk Chinese Paper Doll Ornament Set of 2, featuring women in traditional dress. What a fabulous addition to your Chinoiserie inspired Christmas Tree! Admire the wonderful detailed accents of brightly colored ribbons for their belts and clothes.
Made of silk glued on to cardboard cutouts. Marked with a Made in China sticker. In good vintage condition, wear appropriate for age and use.
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DIMENSIONS: 5.5” H x 3” W x .16" D, They have .75" loops on the back of their heads for hanging.
ORIGIN: Purchased in Kowloon, Hong Kong in 1986.
FACTS & HISTORY: 4 Traditional Chinese Clothing and Dress: Hanfu, Qipao, Tang Suit, Zhongshan Suit.Traditional Chinese clothes were an evolution of their long, loose, straight-cut jackets and pants or gowns. They reflected traditional Chinese aesthetics, philosophy, and social values as they changed through over 3,000 years of history.
Hanfu ('Han clothing' — the majority of Chinese are of Han ethnicity) is the oldest of China's traditional clothes. Legend traces it back to over 4,000 years ago when Huangdi's consort, Leizu, made cloth with silk. It was constantly improved throughout several dynasties.
Until the Han Dynasty, the Hanfu was adopted and vigorously promoted by the ruling class. It then became the national clothing of the Han ethnic people.
The Tang Suit often refers to a type of Chinese jacket rather than the clothing of the Tang Dynasty (618–907). The origin of Tang suit actually only dates back to the Qing Dynasty era (1644–1911). It was developed from a type of the era's Manchurian clothing — the magua (马褂, 'horse gown').
This name came from the overseas Chinese. As the Tang Empire was famous for being prosperous and powerful in the world, foreigners called the overseas Chinese people "the Tang people" and the clothes they wore were called "Tang suits" (which has been translated as Tangzhuang 唐装).
The Zhongshan suit, also known as the Mao suit overseas, is a type of men's jacket. It was first advocated by Dr Sun Yat-sen (Sun Zhongshan in Mandarin, hence Zhongshan suit).
The design of Zhongshan suits combines traditional Chinese and Western clothing styles. Zhongshan suits have four big pockets on the front, two up two down, equally spaced left and right. There are five central buttons on the front and three smaller buttons on each sleeve. Zhongshan suits can be worn on formal and casual occasions because of their symmetrical shape, generous appearance, elegance, and stable impression
A Qipao, sometimes referred to as a cheongsam or a “Mandarin gown,” is a classic garment traditionally made from embroidered silk, featuring a high collar and delicate cloth buttons on the front. The qipaos you might be familiar with are tight-fitting and associated with the Shanghainese socialites of the '60s.