New Chi­nese Tu­nics

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

The out­fits worn by APEC lead­ers dur­ing their con­fer­ence in Beijing have a for­mal name: “New Chi­nese Tu­nics”. The de­sign­ers have ex­plained the unique mean­ing wo­ven into the out­fits: while “Chi­nese” means the de­sign fol­lows tra­di­tional cul­ture, “new” sym­bol­izes in­no­va­tion. Th­ese two el­e­ments were com­bined to give the out­fits their spe­cial looks.

The out­fits were de­signed in three styles: one for fe­male lead­ers, and the other two for male lead­ers and their spouses. The ma­te­rial used to make the out­fits was Song silk, which dates back to the Song Dy­nasty (960-1279), mixed with a small amount of wool to make the wearer more com­fort­able.

The suits were hand­made, de­signed with the help of com­puter, and com­bined tra­di­tional cloth­ing with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and dec­o­ra­tive print­ing with the im­age of a river flow­ing into the sea, which sym­bol­ize the 21 economies rep­re­sented at the APEC con­fer­ence. The el­e­gant, silky out­fits were made in lus­trous pur­ple, ver­dant green and bur­nished brown.

Just one day after the images of APEC lead­ers in the new out­fits ap­peared on TV, sim­i­larly styled suits were up for sale on Taobao, China’s e-Bay. The sales of some other tra­di­tional out­fits have also gone up after the “New Chi­nese Tu­nics” lighted up TV screens.

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