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Hairstyles of China's Tang Dynasty Women by lilsuika Hairstyles of China's Tang Dynasty Women by lilsuika

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"In early Tang, hair ornaments were rather simple, but during the reign of Emperor Taizong the buns got higher and higher and the number of styles grew." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)

"During the earlier years of Emperor Xuanzong's rule, the Tartar hat was fashionable, but in the later years...many women opted for switch buns (also called 'false buns'). In late Tang and the Five Dynasties, the high buns were often decorated with different kinds of flowers." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)

“Ponytails were also quite popular among a small number of aristocratic ladies during the years of Tian Bao (Xuangzong’s reign). (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, pg. 84)

"Common women...preferred the 'tossing-up bun', with the hair at the temples embracing the buns were made higher and higher, and were decorated with flowers, which heralded the popularity of the flowery hats of the early Song Dynasty." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, pg. 84 )



"Women of the Tang Dynasty paid particular attention to facial appearance, and the application of powder or even rouge was common practice. Some women's foreheads were painted dark yellow and the dai (a kind of dark blue pigment) was used to paint their eyebrows into different shapes that were called dai mei (painted eyebrows) in general." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)

"...between the brows there was a colourful decoration called hua dian, which was made of specks of gold, silver and emerald feather. Some women painted their cheeks with motifs such as a moon or a coin, and their lips were also rouged." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)

"[The hua dian was] said to have originated in the Southern and Northern Dynasties. [...] In the Tang Dynasty, hua dian was either painted or made of tiny metal pieces." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, pg. 86)

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Iroh345 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
interesting.... I can see where George Lucas got his inspiration for the princess Leia ... for Star Wars...
also where bryan konietzko   and MICHAEL DANTE DIMARTINO: got their hairstyles for the Avatar Series   
CartoonLover24509 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Photographer
I found this picture in a video I watched…
Skip to 5:31 for the picture :)
XNeroxHeartxFujoshiX Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in a bind and need somewhere with men and womens clothing from the Shang and Zhou Dynasties.
Any ideas?
Marchjn Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Please do some with Song dynasty!
leahilluminates Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Do you know what the individual styles were called? I keep running across names in my own research, but none associated with an image - so I have all kinds of things like "double-ring fairy viewing bun" and I can only guess which one they mean.
FightingWind Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
*squeals!!! what I have wanted without knowing, I used to spend hours just resketching chinese hair from wuxia series for reference, they were so intricate to draw, especially if they had jewellery. 

I wonder how they made the wigs defy gravity. I'm guessing the wigs were made of human hair from the working class >.<

 o.o they were very complicated with fashion. Did they paint their cheeks or foreheads? And would you know if the dark yellow paint on the forehead was painted into patterns or just colour blocked. 
0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Women of the Tang use lead powder and clad on heavy rouge. Also the pattern on their forehead are not traditionally drawn, they are little gelatin stickers called 'hua dian'[花钿] where you peel one off and blow warm air on it to make it sticky, and then just paste it on the forehead carefully. :) 
FightingWind Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Thank you for your information, it's very interesting =) I'm sure the lead powder cause much ill to their health and skin o.o It's such an art; the process that ancient Chinese women used to beautiful themselves. 
stephanelee Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Congrats, really a great job...may I ask  if possible to provide men customs  in Qing dynasty? ;-) 
lilsuika Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Perhaps sometime in the future. You can check out Qing Dynasty clothes here in the meantime:……
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