Hanfu movement examines China to revive the traditional culture

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BEIJING (Reuters) – Li Doudou's gray kitten grows near her as she is taking carefully applied makeup and taking up her hair in a pound that is decorated with elaborate ornaments.

Li Doudou, who is dressed in "Hanfu", or Han clothes, block apartment for the performance of traditional music instrument "guqin", zither seven limbs, leaves in Hebei Province, China, August 18, 2019. REUTERS / Jason Lee

Looking as she has just accelerated a historical Chinese drama series, there is a long blue prophecy at the 26-year-old dynasty wearing long blue predictions with dynasty style with sweeves sweeping and flower design set out in gold thread and silver, paired with bright orange skirt.

Li, who lives in the province of Hebei in northeast China, is a pioneer of the ten-year movement of Hanfu and in the past year there are fans, partly because of social media.

Chinese “Han clothes”, “Hanfu” is based on the idea of ​​wearing costumes that were worn by the biggest ethics in China. Some of the most popular styles are from the Ming, Song and Tang dynasties.

Hanfu enthusiasts doubled to two million in 2018 from a year earlier, according to a survey conducted by Hanfu Zixun, a popular community account on Wechat's social media platform.

“Everyone wants to share what is beautiful, and the word is spread on platforms such as Little Red Book, Weibo and Wechat,” said Dai, who only gave her last name, a public relations manager at Chong Hui Han Tang. , 13 years-national chain of Han clothing stores.

Li wore her first dress in March and she lost the number of Hanfu clothes in her wardrobe, she says.

Li encouraged to buy Hanfu with an account received by Nanzhi999, which has 1.1 million trailer on social media platform Douyin short video. A tall slim man launches this account in which he is transformed into a beautiful young woman in traditional Chinese dresses.

Many Hanfu followers follow the clothes for the fashion statement, but some say, Li in mind, that its significance is greater.

“It is to expand the traditional Chinese culture,” said another girl, who only gave his name, Li, at an event to mark China's Valentine's Day in Beijing last month.

The people who have studied Hanfu say that the movement is a mixture of history and fantasy, said Kevin Carrico, author of “The Great Han”.

“It has a modern concept and it looks forward in the past,” he said.

Hanfu practitioners say that they are inadequate, although they reflect instances where Hanfu receives government support.

The Communist Youth League organized Chinese National Clothing Day for the first time last year asking people to share their ethnic outfits online. Hanfu is in line with President Xi Jinping's call to promote Chinese traditional values.

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Often what people keep from their outfits Hanfu more personal.

Since he began wearing Hanfu, Li Doudou said she attended a class on traditional tea ceremonies. She also intends to learn the “guqin”, zither ancient seven limbs.

“The biggest change for me personally is that it gives me confidence,” she said. “When I wear Hanfu, I think I am the most beautiful in the world.”

Reporting by Huizhong Wu; Edited by Karishma Singh and Neil Fullick

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