The sleeves should take at least half the credit for the elegance and grace of hanfu.
The most striking thing about Chinese Hanfu costumes are their wide sleeves. There are many types of hanfu sleeves. They have wide sleeves and they vary in length, width, and position. So I am curious which “sleeve position” you prefer.
Large sleeves (Da Xiu ). is also known by the “wide sleeve” or what we call the “wide sleeve”. It has a wide sleeve and cuff widths that almost match the sleeve length. This is Hanfu’s most traditional sleeve style, as well as the most “fairy”.
Hanfu dresses are most popular in the “wide-clothed and long sleeves” pose. It is difficult to work so it is reserved for the upper classes and often used as a symbol of good manners. The same large sleeves can take on different forms due to changing status, wear occasions, socio-economic cultures, and other factors.
The large sleeves of the Ming official uniforms ” Chaofu” and “Gongfu [Gong Fu]” were more prominent than others. They had folded lines underneath the sleeves and provided more appropriate materials and an elegant and dignified atmosphere.
Officials wore the “Gongfu” (Gong Fu) in their daily business. The sleeve width was slightly shorter than the former and the lower line was more rounded and curvy.
The formal Ming dynasty dress for women is a Dashan Xiapei, (Da Shan Xia Pei ), with class-related patterns that are not as complex as the Ji Fu(Ji Fu ).
Ji Fu was decorated with bright colors like big red and other auspicious themes. It was beautiful, graceful, and elegant.
Large sleeves can be found in formal wear as well as everyday casual wear, such Daopao or Zhishen. These are simple and basic colors and decorations, and were worn by scholars and literati when they were visiting and living in their homes.
Hanfu’s style has been interpreted in large sleeves, which are both relaxed and dynamic for thousands of years.
Pipa sleeve (Pi Pa Xiu ), is derived from the Chui Hu sleeve Chui Hu Xiu ). was created in the Ming Dynasty. It is one of the most distinctive sleeve styles of the Ming Dynasty.
Pipa sleeves have a similar shape to pipas. They are long and narrow with a small mouth.
The Pipa sleeve is much simpler than the Chui Hu. It has a significantly smaller curve line and virtually no bunching or sagging, which makes it beautiful and more elegant.
The pipa sleeves gradually converge upwards at the lower end, as they approach the end of their sleeves. The elbow portion of the sleeve’s body is more relaxed, which is conducive to arm extension and arm flexion. It is also convenient for everyday life.
Pipa’s gentle, restrained nature is a reflection the elegant and delicate beauty of traditional Chinese culture. It is a sleeve design that is beautiful and practical.
The narrow sleeves (Zhai Xiu ), are characterized, as their name suggests, by narrow cuffs.
The “arrow sleeve” is the shortest of these sleeves. Originating from the northern minority’s dress, the “arrow sleeve” was designed to be shaped like an arrow.
This simple sleeve shape, with narrow cuffs, is great for everyday wear and has been popular for thousands of years.
Half sleeve (Ban Xiu ), is also known by Banbi, (Ban Bi ), Duanxiu, mainly for the short-sleeved clothing with wide mouths. The sleeves extend to the elbow.
It was worn by the women of the palace and the inner officials during the Sui dynasty. However, the Tang dynasty saw it become the common attire for the masses.
The ancient Chinese half-sleeves, however, were not like the shorter sleeves we know now. They were worn over Shan (Shan, shirts, and Ao (Ao, jackets), to increase warmth and show a variety of layers and styles of dress through different combinations.
Sleeveless (Wu Xiu ). The sleeve is cut shorter when the sleeves are half-sleeved. However, the shoulder length of the sleeve is the same as the modern vest. There are many styles of collars, including square, straight and round.
The sleeveless hanfu was a popular fashion during the Ming Dynasty. It was worn by both men (Da Hu) and women (Bijia [Bi Jia]).
Similar to half-sleeves but without sleeves, sleeveless can be worn outside of Shan or Ao and is often the focal point of attention.
These sleeves come in a variety of sizes, lengths, or are subtle or trendy. They bear witness to the ancient Chinese civilization and rituals, but they also represent the simple, everyday life. We are still captivated by their beauty after thousands of years of trials and tribulations.