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Western brides wear white wedding dresses to show God their righteousness and purity. In China, however, among various cultural traditions, the colors and decorations of wedding dresses are blessings in the Chinese style.

In the Younger Republic of China (1912-1949), wedding gowns have a jacket at the top and a horse face skirt at the bottom, according to He Yang, director of the National Costume Museum.

“Clothes show a picture in your eyes and make you feel,” said he, also director of the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. “For example, the color red gives a festive feel, and both the colors gold and red create a festive and affluent atmosphere, so the two colors are essential for the wedding.”

Chinese blessings for newlyweds were secretly hidden in the patterns of wedding attire. / CFP

Chinese blessings for newlyweds were secretly hidden in the patterns of wedding attire. / CFP

Western wedding dresses mostly set hems that lie on the floor behind the dresses, making the brides look charming and graceful like goddesses. While blessings from Chinese for newlyweds were secretly hidden in the patterns of wedding attire.

“In ancient China, marriage is the greatest event in life. The most common pattern used during the wedding period was the match of a dragon and a phoenix at the time,” said Zhong Mantian, visiting professor at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology.

Some plant patterns were also used, according to Zhong. For example, peony flowers are a symbol of luxury. Lotus flowers on the wedding dress show the innocence of the new women, as lotus flowers live in the mud but are not penetrated. In addition, it is also a symbol of many children and many blessings because when lotus flowers bloom they carry seed pods with many seeds.

The social hierarchy in ancient China was very strict, but it was different when it came to wedding dresses.

Western wedding dresses mostly have hems that lie on the floor behind the dresses. / CFP

Western wedding dresses mostly have hems that lie on the floor behind the dresses. / CFP

“For example, there were paintings of cranes with red crowns on wedding dresses for women, but in fact, only the wife of the most senior official in ancient China was eligible to have a painted crane on her clothes,” said Zhong. “On the wedding day, however, the civil bride was allowed to wear the wedding dress with a painted crane, which indicates that she was the most senior lady at that moment.”

Evidence of the blood connection between the generations

“In addition to the color, the pattern is also very important because it can create associations. The pattern of bouquets and brocades symbolizes wonderful things,” he said.

There were many rules and traditions in ancient times. For example, when a couple were married, there was a common desire to have a child as people believed that continuing the family line and having more children would bring more happiness. With that in mind, there are many patterns that symbolize these beliefs.

Many wedding offers like dates and peanuts symbolize the desire for more babies. / CFP

Many wedding offers like dates and peanuts symbolize the desire for more babies. / CFP

“There can never be too much decoration on a solemn wedding occasion as it should create a ceremonial and luxurious atmosphere,” she added.

In each period, the clothes reflect the characteristics of that time. Changes in people’s life scenes can have a huge impact on the changes in our clothing.

“But there is one basic point about wearing these garments: they should be more beautiful, present better taste, and appear richer, more charismatic and different. Those goals will never change.” She noticed.

Chinese wedding attire has changed constantly throughout history, but the essence has not changed. It is evidence of the blood connection between generations of Chinese and the legacy of Chinese civilization.

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