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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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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. 
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:……
demcjojo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
this is very useful stuff....
Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Really  cool
Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
MU-Cheer-Girl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah, hairstyles of Tang Dynasty... great job! This would actally make a useful reference, since I've got an OC who's a Tang Dynasty princess.
darklord86 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Amazing job!
Ameban Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Very interesting. I always wondered about those fake eyebrows thing. And the hairstyles cannot be jelaous or French barocque ones.
myboyrobin Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very informative. Thank you so much for all your time and effort into researching all of this.^^
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