The custom of wearing hanfu has become increasingly popular, especially among the younger generation. Some people are fascinated by the fancy look of the clothes and others are attracted by the traditional culture surrounding it.
Characterized by loose, flowing robes that drape around the body, with sleeves that hang down to the knees, hanfu costumes were the dominant clothes until the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
With the introduction of western fashion in China, hanfu culture was forgotten for a certain time in history until drama series have brought it back into the spotlight in recent years.
“Hanfu costumes are seeing growing prevalence among young people,” said Bao Huaimin, an expert of traditional clothes from University of Jinan in east China’s Shandong province.
There are about several thousand hanfu lovers in Jinan, who are between 13 and 25 years old, said Xie Mingli, who runs an experience store where hanfu costume lovers gather to try on clothes and take pictures.
Xie said many customers were drawn to her store by hanfu shows played on social media platforms. She hopes that Hanfu will come into daily life in the future so that people will feel more at ease when they wear hanfu costumes.