How to Wear Hanfu (4) – Song Dynasty Songku

Songku (宋裤) is a kind of traditional Chinese clothing, popular during the Song Dynasty, from year 960 to 1279. Let’s look at the different pieces and how to wear Hanfu – Songku.

 

1: Wear the undershirt for Songku

How to Wear Hanfu (4) – Song Dynasty Songku

This is a modern version of a Chinese women’s undershirt with beautiful lotus embroidery, it looks and functions just like a camisole, the adjustable straps make it more comfortable and easier to put on.

How to Wear Hanfu (4) – Song Dynasty Songku

 

2: Wear the Songku

How to Wear Hanfu (4) – Song Dynasty Songku

This is called Songku, literally meaning Song Dynasty trousers, women generally wore a full-length skirt in ancient China, but during the Song Dynasty, these trousers were very popular. The original version consists of two separate pieces and is more complicated to put on and off, so there’s an improved modern version.

Original version Songku:

How to Wear Hanfu (4) – Song Dynasty Songku

The two layers are sewed together and have a zipper on the side, but there was no zipper in ancient China, and also adding this belt as an accessory. And to tie it, make a knot in the center, and then wrap it around each side several more times, then pull it through again while making a small loop and make it tight. Do the same for the other side and make it even. This way the belt comes down on the sides instead of the center.

How to Wear Hanfu (4) – Song Dynasty Songku

Maybe you will find that there are several lotus decorations in this set of Hanfu, which are on the belt, on trousers, as well as the white lotus on the camisole. Lotus flowers are so beautiful and graceful, and they symbolize purity in Chinese culture.

How to Wear Hanfu (4) – Song Dynasty Songku

 

3: Wear the Beizi for Songku

How to Wear Hanfu (4) – Song Dynasty Songku

This piece is common outerwear during the Song Dynasty called Beizi (褙子), it has parallel collars and slits on the bottom sides. You might notice that the seam on the back of this garment creates a straight vertical line in the center. You are going to see this line on almost every Hanfu top garment, it’s actually created to symbolize an upright connection between heaven and earth, so people who wear it should always make sure the line is straight and do things with righteousness and dignity.

And the outfit is complete.

How to Wear Hanfu (4) – Song Dynasty Songku

 

4: Fashion Songku

How to Wear Hanfu (4) – Song Dynasty Songku

The long Beizi with Songku is a popular combination during the Song Dynasty, Songku is so elegant and flowy like palazzo pants. Fashion indeed goes through cycles, don’t you think? Who would have thought after 1,000 years, it’s making a comeback today?

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