Why should the cheongsam be split on both sides

- Apr 03, 2019-

Why should the cheongsam be "split on both sides"?


Cheongsam is the traditional dress of Chinese women. It has a long history in China. Since the 1950s, cheongsam has gradually been neglected in mainland China. Since the 1980s, with the re-emphasis of traditional culture in the mainland, cheongsam has not only been revived in the mainland, but also in all parts of the world. Cheongsam can be worn in any season, and many Chinese women especially prefer it. So when did Qipao first appear? Cheongsam, according to this name, can be inferred that it must be the cheongren's gown. Since the Manchu people entered the Guan, they have been called the Manchu people, so the earliest inventor of the Qipao was Manchu people.




As we all know, the predecessor of the Manchu people was the Nuzhen nationality. During the feudal period, the Nuzhen people often needed to work in the fields or pick things from trees. The ordinary clothes would certainly restrict their activities. So they invented this kind of clothes, which had two sides of the broad robe and a big fork. If it's hot, roll up the gown; if it's cold, use the gown to keep warm. Over time, the Manchus were included in the Eight Banners, so the Manchus were called the Banner People, and the clothes invented by their ancestors were also called the Qipao. During the Qing Dynasty, the Manchus ruled the country and settled in the Central Plains. In order to convince the people of the Central Plains, they were required to wear cheongsams.




Unexpectedly, the cheongsam looks very good on the Han women and appears thin. After the tailoring and innovation, the cheongsam has spread widely and become a kind of clothing. According to the palace maid, the last empress of the Qing Dynasty liked to wear cheongsam in particular, and collected many beautiful cheongsams. During the Republic of China in the 20th century, it was common for women to wear cheongsams. With the development of science and technology and the times, Qipao has the phenomenon of cultural integration between East and West. In the eyes of some Westerners, Qipao has the symbolic meaning of Chinese women's dress culture. Inspired by cheongsam, many foreign designers have introduced cheongsam with international flavor.




In today's society, for the purpose of publicity and promotion, Miss Etiquette, Miss Welcome or female waitresses in entertainment places have begun to wear cheongsams. At present, the cheongsam has undergone great changes in aesthetics and production. However, some aspects remain unchanged, such as the opening on both sides. In ancient times, the opening of two sides was for the convenience of movement; now, there are two functions of the opening of two sides. On the one hand, it can show the graceful posture and shyness of women. On the other hand, it is also for the convenience of walking, to avoid tripping or falling.