Yuan Weiyang, owner of a hanfu ac­ces­sory shop

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - COMMUNITY -

I heard about hanfu in 2013, when the first-ever Hanfu Cul­tural Fes­ti­val took place in Xi­tang town. I was soon at­tracted by this ele­gant, ex­quis­ite cloth­ing and be­came a tong­pao.

Since then, I con­sec­u­tively at­tended the event each year. It was the fourth time I par­tic­i­pated this year, sell­ing my self­made jew­elry as a reg­is­tered ven­dor. The or­ga­nizer ar­ranged a small stall for each ven­dor and our tem­po­rary hanfu-style mar­ket be­came a pop­u­lar part of the event.

I learned how to make jew­elry by my­self be­cause of hanfu. When hav­ing this beau­ti­ful cloth­ing on me, I al­ways wanted to wear some clas­si­cal ac­ces­sories to make my clothes look even bet­ter. So I bought some ma­te­ri­als and tried DIY han­fustyle jew­elry ac­cord­ing to an­tiques and an­cient paint­ings. Af­ter lots of prac­tice now I can de­sign and made var­i­ous ac­ces­sories in­clud­ing ear­rings, neck­laces and head­gear.

Apart from that, be­cause of hanfu I’m get­ting in­creas­ingly in­ter­ested in tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture and art, such as cal­lig­ra­phy and Kunqu Opera.

I thank hanfu for open­ing a win­dow to China’s vast world of rich cul­tural trea­sures.

A man in hanfu takes a pic­ture of a cou­ple.

Yuan Weiyang

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