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[Off-Topic] How is traditional clothing in Japan more popular than in China?

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Posted on 2020-08-22 09:42:43 | Show thread starter's posts only

Throughout modern Japanese culture traditional clothes like kimonos and sandals are still often associated. While the vast majority of people wear western clothes today, the use of Japanese clothes, particularly during formal events, does not look too odd for people before 1900.

What is this? How is this? In any case, because of the intensified Westernization attempts in the 19th century, I would expect more stigma toward traditional clothing in Japan.

Posted on 2020-08-22 15:30:29 | Show thread starter's posts only

This is probably an attempt at spam...
  but it has no links


In china "traditional clothing was worn prior to the cultural revolution.
the cultural revolution forced people to wear standardized look a like clothing..
after the revolution the people looked to the west for style...

so in China until  the "Hanfu movement " (which began in the early 2000's ) and the more recent urge from the government to claim national heritage and identity... traditional clothing was seen as something for the bourgeois.

also found this quote:
Critics of the movement like Kevin Carrico, a senior research fellow in Chinese Studies at Melbourne's Monash University, argue that the popularization of Hanfu only reinforces Han cultural dominance, to the detriment of the millions of people making up China's ethnic minorities.
In this context, he and other academics say Hanfu is no longer just an innocent fashion trend -- but something to be weaponized in promoting a nationalistic political agenda.


In Japan the cultural resurgence happened in the 1990's - I will quote another article;

Things only began to change in the late 1990s, in part because of a global interest in Japanese culture which encouraged Japanese people to reassess their own heritage. “Young people started to wear yukata (casual summer kimonos) for firework displays or Natsu matsuri (summer festivals),” says Rie Nii, curator at the Kyoto Costume Institute. And instead of traditional footwear they wore fashionable platform sandals, ignoring the rigid rules of the kimono schools. “For them, yukata were exotic clothing and it is possible to say that it was a kind of street fashion. In my opinion this turned the tide,” she says.

So its just that Japan is 10-15 years ahead of China in the return to traditional garments fashion and with no political undertones in their fashion movement.

- Ele