The Difference between Hanfu Kimono and Hanbok

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Many friends who have just contacted Hanfu will find that there are many places in Kimono and Hanbok(Korean clothes) similar to Hanfu. This article takes you to know the differences between Hanfu, Kimono and Hanbok.
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hanfu vs kimono

During the Nara period in Japan, the period of China’s prosperous Tang Dynasty, Japan sent a large number of sent envoys to China to study culture, art, and law systems, including the clothing system. In the early days, the kimono was a replica of the Tang suit. At that time, they also imitated the Tang system and issued a “clothing order”. So far, Japan still refers to the kimono as “Wu suit”, which means clothes from Wudi (now Jiangsu and Zhejiang) in China. Although the kimono came from the development of Hanfu, it has developed its own national characteristics after a long period of history.
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  1. Waistband:
    • Hanfu: Hanfu usually has a narrow waistband;
    • Kimono: there is no tie on the kimono placket, and the waist is wide with a fabric.
  2. Neckline:
    • Hanfu: Hanfu neckline clothing is close to the back of the head;
    • Kimono: In the kimono, the neckline of an ordinary woman’s neck wrapped her neck tightly, and the geisha neckline came across a large neck.
  3. Hem:
    • Hanfu: Hanfu’s hem is wide, from the top to the bottom is more relaxed, walking freely, will not hinder the activity.
    • Kimono: The hem of the kimono is basically close to the curve of the thigh, which is very narrow, and the walking can only be small and small, and the activity is limited.
  4. Sleeve:
    • Hanfu: Hanfu’s wide-sleeve cutting lines are soft, in addition, the wide sleeves of Hanfu are open, and the inside can be stitched, the length of the sleeves exceeds the length of the hand.
    • Kimono: The sleeves of the kimono are straight, a bit like blades, the lower part of the cuff is stitched (about because of the cold), length to the wrist.
  5. Clothes line:
    • Hanfu: The lines of Hanfu are curves, and they are all flowing smoothly on the body, looks graceful and elegant;
    • Kimono: The lines of the kimono are straight lines, which are flat and straight at right angles. They are straight in shape and lack the display of the human body curve;
      In general, Hanfu is elegant and kimono is restrained.

Hanfu vs Hanbok

The Korean peninsula has long regarded China as the sovereign state, so its clothing characteristics have also changed with the changes of Chinese dynasty styles. After the establishment of the Korean dynasty, North Korea, the kingdom of the county, enjoyed the right to be “Cifu(Emperor’s reward)” by the Ming emperor.

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Therefore, Hanbok also has a distinct style of Ming Hanfu, especially women’s clothing is influenced by the Ming Dynasty Aoqun(袄裙), and later joined the national aesthetic vision, the upper outer garment gradually shortened, forming today’s hanbok.

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  1. Collar shape:
    • Hanfu: Hanfu is generally “Jiaolingyouren(交领右衽, the collar is in Y shape)”, also some V-shaped collars.
    • Hanbok: Usually V-neck, the collar will have a wide tie (bow)
  2. Top position:
    • Hanfu: the dress is attached to the upper outer garment.
    • Hanbok: upper outer garment is outside, covering the skirt, the dress’s hem is very wide and fluffy. Most of them are chest dress.
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Kimono, hanbok (Korean clothes) and Hanfu, in fact, are divided into a variety of styles, the above comparison is only the most confusing comparison of some common women’s styles, only for entry.

The most obvious features of Hanfu are summarized in three:

  • Jiaolingyouren(交领右衽, the collar is in Y shape),
  • Baoyiguangxiu(褒衣广袖, large clothes, large sleeves),
  • Xidaiyinkou (系带隐扣, hidden buckle, and lace).

Hanfu is not only a concentrated expression of Chinese culture but also reveals the spirit and spirit of the Chinese nation.

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