• Chinese Clothing was very important back then so that is why I picked Chinese clothing.
THE HISTORY OF CHINESE CLOTHING
The costumes of Chinese clothing were emblems of Chinese traditions, as well as an essential element in the history and culture of each dynasty.It was very important in the Chinese culture for over 3000 years. It also influenced most of the world after China was made known to the outside world by Marco Polo.The costumes were likewise and colorful. The style was classical and conservative in the Qin and Han dynasties, luxurious and glamorous in the Tang dynasty, delicate and exquisite in the Song dynasty, graceful and magnificent in the Ming dynasty, and very intricate in the Qing dynasty. Stylised costumes first appeared in the Yellow Emperor, Yao and Shun periods. The clothing showed many signs of communication. Here are somes examples:
  • showed if you were wealthy or not
  • did not want to use cotton for thier clothing
  • those who grew cotton could pay lower taxes
  • most of Asia used Chinese clothing
  • symbolizes culture and communication
  • red=summer
  • green=spring
  • black=winter
  • white=autumn
  • clothing's importance lasted for over 3000 years
  • the rules of clothing were very strict
People in China generally wore tunics (like long t-shirts). Women wore long tunics down to the ground, with belts, and men wore shorter ones down to their knees. Sometimes they wore jackets over their tunics. In the winter, when it was cold, people wore padded jackets over their tunics, and sometimes pants under them. In early China, poor people made their clothes of hemp or ramie. Rich people wore silk.(see more about silk under the file SILK) Most people in China, both men and women, wore their hair long. People said that you got your hair from your parents and so it was disrespectful to cut it.During the Sui Dynasty, in the 500's AD, the emperor decided that all poor people had to wear blue or black clothes, and only rich people could wear different colors. In the Sung Dynasty, about 1100 AD, a fashion started at the emperor's court for women to bind their feet. Women thought that to be beautiful they needed little tiny feet, only about three inches long. They got these tiny feet by wrapping tight bandages around girls feet at age 6. These are some X rays of what happned to the girls feet:
footbinding xrays
footbinding xrays
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The bandages were so tight they broke the girls’ toes and bent them underneath their feet and then they had to walk on them like that. The girls spent most of their time crying for two or three years and then the feet stopped hurting so much. Women with bound feet couldn’t walk very well at all, and when they had to work in the fields often they would crawl.
  • favored dark colors for a short while
  • combined the ancient symbols of good fortune
  • dragons and clouds represent the coming of the emporers
  • the most famous dressing was from the Ch'in dynasty
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CHINESE ARMOR
The earliest armor was made from straped turtle shells to make a coat of turtle shells.After that they had leather armor and then bronze armor. You could onle wear armor if you were a noble, so they made the armor specialy designed.The Zhou dynasty used wooden dummies to shape the armor out of rhino and buffalo hides.Then the rhinos were fastly disapearing so the armor was then mostly made of buffalo hides.Iron was first used for armor in the 5th century BC.You'd think armor made from paper would be about as useful as an ice machine in Alaska but this armor was extremely strong. It was crafted from 10-15 layers of mulberry paper and apparently was able to stop an arrow.
CHINESE SHOES
In the Song Dynasty (960-1297), most men wore leather shoes with a small toe, and women usually wore shoes with a round toe, flat toe or rising toe, sometimes decorated with various patterns such as flower or bird.In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), men's shoes usually stressed thickness and strength, and the materials and fashions were varied. In general, in the north people wore lozenge-patterned good-looking shoes, and in the south people wore palm fiber shoes. Besides, in the period from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) to the Ming Dynasty, a kind of female cloth shoes was popular, which was characterized by a high rising toe and a flat and thick tread. It made its wearers especially slim.The earliest chinese shoe was a shoe made out of animal hides and that was known as the ancestor of the leather shoes.The ancients would protect their feet by cutting out pieces of animal hide, wrapping them around their feet, and securing them with leather thongs. According to archaeologists, this kind of foot wrapping first appeared in the Old Stone Age.The people in the east and south of China made shoes out of bamboo needles and flax thread or palm.Back then most people wore straw shoes.The main difference in mode of this footwear was that people in the frigid north wore thick straw boots, while those in the hot, humid south wore straw sandals. Straw footwear was worn by all, whether they were nobles, men of letters or farmers.
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CHINESE JEWELRY
Ancient chinese jewelry design started more than 5000 years ago, in the Yangtze Delta's Middle Neolithic Yang-Shao and Lungshanoid cultures.Mostly used during Buddist cerimonies.The earing was the most common chinese jewelry,which was used by both males and females.Early Chinese jewelry was fabricated using silver as a dominant metal, along with modest amounts of gold and bronze.Most jewelry had jade,gold,silver,and bronze.To the Chinese people the material jade meant the beauty or toughness of something.They also thought it gave them protection,dignity,grace and morality of the wearer.
Jade Carving
Jade Carving

In China, jewelry was worn by both sexes to show both nobility and wealth. Women wore an assortment of jewelry which could include a headdress or a simple head-band that was similar to the women of the Indus Valley. Jewelry, religious amulets and other decorative items were often placed in the graves of the deceased upon burial. Rulers and high officials were buried with jade artifacts to protect in the afterlife, and some royalty were even buried in a full suite made of green jadeite.Today in China, pearls (freshwater and saltwater), jade (nephrite and jadeite), and cloisonné enameling remain the most popular gemstone materials in China. The Chinese don't forget the past, and these gems are an integral part of their culture, heritige, and spirituality.

EARINGS,NECKLACES,BRACELETS
The necklace might have been the first jewelry worn by both man and woman.The dragon and the pheonix were the most popular design for jewelry in early China and it still is today.The dragon represents the primal forces of nature and sometimes the returning of the emporers from the past.Earings can weigh up to 2 and down pounds because the didn't use artifical minerals.