How Do People Dress in China?

When going about the day-to-day tasks of working, running errands and attending school, most people in China wear the same street fashions as people anywhere else in the world. However, on special occasions such as weddings, people may also don traditional clothing styles that vary depending on the region of the country.

Traditional Chinese clothing is almost always made of silk that has been dyed bright colors and embroidered with patterns in contrasting thread. Men and women alike wear long, loose robes of silk that are often layered one on top of the other to allow different colors to show through. In addition, men wear wide trousers underneath their robes. Jewelry and hats are also important in traditional Chinese clothing. Well into the early part of the 20th century, strict rules governed who could wear what type of jewelry, so it was possible to tell a person's rank or job just by looking at what he was wearing.

Different regions of China have different types of traditional clothing. The women of the Uyghur ethnic minority wear full silk skirts and tight jackets, while men wear trousers tucked into tall boots and distinctive round caps. Miao women and men wear robes embroidered with lots of bright colors, as well as towering headdresses.