With the popularity of hanfu, more and more people are starting to pay attention to hanfu, but besides hanfu itself, there is one very important thing to match, and that is traditional Chinese hairpins.
There are many kinds of Chinese hairpins, and they are as exquisite as the hanfu, so today we will introduce some of the most beautiful kinds of Chinese hairpins for you.
01 Chan Hua
The raw material for Chan Hua (缠花) is silk thread, cardboard, and metal wire.
It is a traditional Chinese folk craft, which is mainly made by cutting cardboard into different basic shapes, and then wrapping the wire inside the cardboard with silk thread evenly, and finally bending and combination, a beautiful Chan Hua is completed.
The silk thread is used to make the flowers, which are delicate, soft, and elegant. In ancient times, it was an ornament often worn by folk girls.
02 Heat-shrink sheets hairpin
The main raw material of the heat-shrink sheet hairpin is a kind of sheet (heat-shrink sheet) that shrinks when exposed to heat and colored powder.
The flower petals and leaf patterns are traced on the frosted heat-shrink sheet, cut out, colored with colored pencils or color powder, smeared well, and finally heat-shrunk with a heat gun to create the exquisite heat-shrink flowers.
03 Velvet flower hairpin
The raw material of Rong Hua(绒花, velvet flower) is silk, and velvet flower began in the Tang Dynasty, harmonizing with “Ronghua (荣华)”, which means “to be prosperous”. The velvet flower hairpins and ornaments are brightly colored and lifelike.
The production of velvet flower needs to go through nearly ten procedures, such as dyeing, hooking, pointing. It takes at least 2-3 days to make a 10 cm diameter velvet flower.
04 Tang Hua hairpin
The raw materials for Tang Hua (烫花) hairpin are cloth, yarn, silk, etc. The petals are cut out from the fabric, dyed, and then ironed using a special ironing machine to make the petals curl slightly to achieve a simulated effect.
05 Tong Cao Hua hair ornaments
The Tong Cao Hua (通草花, sola flower) is made from the raw material of Tongcao paper, which is bleached and humidified, then pinched, twisted, and kneaded into various petal shapes, and then combined and colored to make a complete flower shape.
In ancient times, the flowers were often used as ornaments by the people, and they were also called “the flower that does not wither”, so it is difficult to distinguish them from the real flowers.
06 Eternal flower hairpin
The raw material of eternal flowers is flowers or petals of rose, phalaenopsis, and other varieties.
It is a kind of dried flower processed through a series of complicated processes such as dehydration, decolorization, drying, and dyeing. Eternal flowers are almost indistinguishable from flowers in terms of color, shape, and feel.
07 Juan Sha hairpin
Juan Sha hairpin (绢纱发簪) is made of silk and yarn, and are often shaped like petals or butterflies, with soft colors and a good texture.
08 Silk flowers hairpin
Silk flowers are made of silk, and the petal shapes are cut out of silk fabric and hand-dyed. The silk petals are lighter and softer, and the colors and textures are more attractive.
09 Pearl hairpin
Pearl hairpin raw materials for natural large pearls, usually a single hairpin, inlaid with a pearl in the head part of the hairpin is a unique flavor.
10 Huasi Jewelry
The Huasi (花丝) craft, also known as thin gold craft, is now a national intangible cultural heritage.
It is mainly made of gold and silver, plucked into fine wires, knotted and shaped, and finally inlaid with various kinds of precious stones.
The Huasi jewelry is exceptionally beautiful and exquisite. The process is also very complicated and has been used by the royal family throughout history.
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