What are the differences between Hanfu, Hanbok, and Kimono?

What are the differences between Hanfu, Hanbok, and Kimono?

China has great etiquette, so it is called Xia, and it has the beauty of wearing seals, so it is called Hua. As a traditional costume of the Han nation, how much do you know about Hanfu?

Chinese civilization has a long history. Since the Qin and Han Dynasties, China has been influencing East Asia, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and even Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. By the Sui and Tang Dynasties, China had become a world-wide superpower, and its gentle policy of not intervening in other countries' internal affairs led to many countries surrounding the Sui and Tang Dynasties professing vassalage to China and accepting canonization by the Chinese emperor.

Not only that, Chinese culture is also changing the habits of neighboring countries with its unique charm. For example, Chinese people are accustomed to using chopsticks to eat, which is simple, convenient and low-cost. Later, the Korean Peninsula, Japan, Indochina and other regions gradually adopted chopsticks for eating. For another example, China's traditional clothing, Hanfu, also influenced the clothing of neighboring countries in ancient times. Even now, many people can't tell what Hanfu, kimono and Hanbok are.

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"Hanfu", as the name suggests, refers to the traditional costumes of the Han nationality, rather than the costumes of the Han Dynasty in a narrow sense. When Hanfu was introduced to the Korean Peninsula, it was integrated with local local costumes, resulting in "Hanfu" that was slightly different from Hanfu. The concept of "kimono" is even later, appearing in the late Edo period. The early kimonos were made from the "Wu fabric" passed down by the Wu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period of my country, and were called Wu clothing.

Because these three types of clothing are all influenced by Chinese Hanfu, from the late 20th century to the present, Japan and South Korea have been developing very strongly and entered the film and television market earlier. This has led to many people in Western countries, as soon as they see Hanfu, Then he said directly: "You are a Chinese, why are you wearing Korean clothes?" Well, if there were no bags on the back of the kimono, would you still say "Why are you wearing a Japanese kimono?" It is simply ridiculous.

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In fact, let alone foreigners, even many Chinese people actually don’t know the difference between Hanfu, Kimono, and Hanfu. Here are three pictures to briefly describe the differences between these three types of clothing (women’s clothing) to teach you how to tell them apart at a glance. Is this Chinese Hanfu, Korean, or Japanese traditional clothing?

Hanbok: The skirt looks very fluffy, and the top is very short, basically above the waist, and there is a curved hem in the front of the top, and there is a wide tie (bow) at the collar.

Hanfu: The skirt looks naturally drooping and slightly fluffy, and the top is usually cross-collared and right-folded. Even square clothes can still maintain smooth lines.

Kimono: The overall shape is straight lines, tightly wrapped up and down, the obi is the widest, the sleeves are short but extremely wide, and the "small pillow" tied around the waist is the most eye-catching (actually a "strap").

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In terms of bottoms (skirts), just make a distinction: Hanbok skirts are puffy; Hanbok skirts are natural; Kimono skirts are straight and narrow.

As for the tops alone, just look at this: Hanbok has a bow made of a very wide belt; Hanbok does not, and is mostly cut into the right hem; kimono has the shortest sleeves, and the cuffs are extremely wide, hanging down to the knees, like "little pillows." essential.

Of course, what we are talking about here is just the general clothing characteristics. Hanfu has too many series, so the standards are different. But just remember that Hanfu is always minimalist and natural, without so many bells and whistles.