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Foot-binding, corsets, and tattoos – Ancient China project

By |2018-04-18T09:54:19+00:00June 9th, 2017|History|

A Chinese shoe for someone with bound feet When we think about Chinese clothing, it strikes us as really weird that women bound little girls' feet so they couldn't grow, and made them grow up with little tiny broken feet that they could hardly walk on. (More on foot-binding) Most women in [...]

Women in early China: swimming to foot-binding

By |2018-05-07T14:31:34+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, People|

Early Chinese women: A Chinese woman playing polo (T'ang Dynasty, 700s AD) China has always been influenced by the cultures to its south - India and Southeast Asia - where women have little power, status, or freedom. But China has also been influenced by the cultures to its north and west in Central [...]

Ancient Chinese clothing – What did people wear?

By |2018-11-07T10:14:41+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, Clothing|

Ming dynasty (1400s AD) painting by Tang Yin Tunics and padded jackets and pants People in China generally wore tunics (like long t-shirts). Women wore long tunics down to the ground, with belts, and men wore shorter ones down to their knees. Sometimes they wore jackets over their tunics. In the winter, when it [...]

Women in China – History – 1500 to the present

By |2018-04-18T09:54:12+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, People|

Empress Xiaozhuang In the 1600s AD, most women in China still suffered from oppression, as they had in antiquity and the Middle Ages. They couldn't own land, and they had to live with their husbands' families and were frequently abused. All Chinese girls except the very poorest were forced to bind their feet. [...]

Chinese clothing – Ming and Qing Dynasties

By |2018-04-18T09:54:11+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, Clothing|

Qing Dynasty fisherman In the Qing Dynasty, most people kept on dressing the way they had before: both men and women wore mostly loose blue or black cotton shirts over loose cotton pants. But the government got more and more involved in how people should dress and wear their hair. The Qing emperors [...]