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What do you wear when you take a trip? Most of us choose comfortable clothes like T-shirts and jeans. But Wang Tata, a post-1990s office clerk in Shanghai, is different. She prefers to wear hanfu, which literally means “Han clothing”.


“I’ve worn hanfu in the Tengger Desert in northwestern China, at the beach in Pingtan, Fujian province, in the Great Tang All Day Mall in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, as well as in the Forbidden City in Beijing. Wherever the scenery matches, I wear hanfu,” she told China Daily.


Wang is not the only one who turns to the traditional clothing. According to data from people.cn, Chinese hanfu consumers surpassed 2 million in 2018, triple the number from 2017. A recent report from Guangzhou-based consultancy iiMedia Research estimated that by the end of this year, the number of people using hanfu products in China will reach 6.89 million, with total sales expected to reach 10.16 billion yuan.


Why has the traditional clothing made a comeback in recent years?


For Qingzhi, a law student from Communication University of China, wearing hanfu to class every day gives her inspiration. With a history of more than 3,000 years, hanfu has had different styles in different dynasties. Qingzhi said she liked to explore various outfits within her hanfu collection. By matching the clothing with modern accessories, she can find a unique look.


“It gives me endless inspiration every day. I can discover a new self every single day,” Qingzhi told CGTN.


Unlike Qingzhi, Wan Yue, a mother of two, became a hanfu enthusiast for the sense of community. As someone belonging to the Han ethnic group, she said that she has always been eager to wear clothing that is representative of her community.

与青栀不同,已是两个孩子母亲的万月(音)成为汉服爱好者是出于一种社群感。作为汉族人,她表示文化复兴 汉服吧,自己向来热衷于穿代表自己所属群体的服饰。

“Seeing people around me dressing up in their traditional garments, I have also often wished to find a dress that depicts the culture of my ethnic group,” she said.


Wan not only wears hanfu in her daily life, but also learns about the culture and history behind the clothing. She told China Daily that each suit has its own cultural and historic background and learning about them gives her a better understanding of traditional culture.


“With the rapid development of China’s economy, people have gained more cultural self-confidence, and attention is shifting to the rejuvenation of national culture,” China Today noted. “As a symbol of Chinese aesthetics, hanfu contributes to quietly motivating a re-emerging Chinese fashion style. ”

“随着中国经济的快速发展文化复兴 汉服吧,人们表现出更多的文化自信,民族文化复兴受到更多关注,”《今日中国》杂志指出。“汉服作为中式美学的象征,在潜移默化中为促进国潮风复兴做出了贡献。”

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