Traditional Chinese costumes to be displayed at China Culture Centre

ISLAMABAD: Cultural Centre of Dalian Jinpu New Area with support of Cultural office Embassy of China in Pakistan would organize more than three-week long New Silk Road exhibition from September 24.

The exhibition aimed to promote traditional Chinese costumes. The event was being arranged as a part of celebrations of 2017 Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, “Ode to the Moon”.

For thousands of years, Mid-Autumn Festival has been celebrated as the time of year for when the moon is at its largest and roundest and as a traditional thanksgiving for the heavens, earth and nature together with friends and family.

Formerly known as the ‘Reunion Festival’, it’s when people come together to celebrate their family, friends, the earth and nature.

An official of China Culture Centre said that costumes have maintained an important place in Chinese culture for more than three thousand years. Moreover, Chinese costumes are magnificent and colorful, he said.

He said that many dynasties throughout China’s history each had its own unique style of costumes, with styles changing or disappearing as the dynasty changed, declined, or were replaced.

The cheongsam, or Qipao in Chinese, evolved from a style of ancient clothing worn by the Manchu ethnic minority.

During the early years of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) they unified China and standardized the nationwide costume as well.

At that time, men wore a long gown and a mandarin jacket over the gown, while women wore the cheongsam.

Although the 1911 Revolution toppled the rule of the Qing Dynasty, this female dress survived the political change and, with succeeding improvements, has become the traditional dress for Chinese women.

According to the four seasons and the wearers’ needs, the cheongsam can either be long or short, unlined or interlined, woolen or made of silk floss.

The cheongsam displays strong national flavor and embodies the beauty of Chinese traditional costumes. It not only represents the Chinese female costume but also has become a symbol of a traditional oriental costume.