Why did concubines wear strips of white cloth around their necks during the Qing Dynasty?Mostly because of the emperor

Tower high peck, corridor waist roundabout, fire tree silver flower, court deeply, so big palace forbidden, beauty beauty three thousand, concubines court, silk curtain shake warm, charming and gentle phase stay drunk.The imperial harem in feudal times was really the “gentle land” for emperors to linger in, and those graceful and graceful women also pursued the emperor’s favor for their whole life.In recent years, films and TV plays depicting the lives of concubines in ancient harem have been active on TV screens and video websites. Among them, qing dynasty plays are the most numerous, and palace fights in qing dynasty costume plays were once all the rage.Many viewers are absorbed in the intense drama of palace fights, focusing mostly on whether certain concubines win the favor of the emperor.However, the dressing and dressing of the concubines in the harem also attracted many people’s attention.The empresses of the Qing Dynasty wore a variety of flag heads, intricate palace cheongsam embroidered with intricate patterns, and a pair of sky-high flower-basin shoes.And then there was the white scarf round their necks.Women in the imperial palace of the Qing Dynasty often wore this white cloth striped scarf around their necks, which stands out among the colorful and elegant palace dresses. It was a unique item of clothing for Manchu women in the Qing Dynasty.And the main meaning of the existence of this clothing accessories, is for the convenience of the emperor.Special clothing regulation in the qing dynasty has long Chinese history of two thousand years, how many dynasty change of home countries, the spring and autumn period and the warring states period of clashing of tripod found this out the voice of the collapse of the western zhou, qin and han empire and xiongnu horse or be bleak sand covering, poetry of tang and song poetry and prose of the bewilderment of jiangnan smoke water, the Forbidden City in the Ming and qing dynasties zhu on mottled the eaves tiles and snaps.The long dynasty changes created the dress characteristics of different periods: dark dark dress was worn in The Qin and Han dynasties; women in the Tang Dynasty wore dresses with full chills; women’s dresses in the Ming Dynasty were mainly painted with beizi, jacket skirt and beizi; while compared with the Han dynasty, the Qing Dynasty had different rules and styles in dress.In fact, if separately analyzes the characteristic of qing dynasty clothing apparel, may need a long, after all, as the only two in China’s history the minority establish unified regime (another is pioneered by the Mongolian yuan dynasty) of a, its clothing regulation is very bright and unique place, can study very much.However, when the drama of the palace fights of this dynasty was shown on the screen, what impressed the public most was the white scarf tied around the neck of the harem’s Ying Ying Yan Yan.According to relevant historical materials and literature research, the scarf has a name of “Longhua”, but it can also be called “scarf”, mostly made of silk, silk and cotton.In voluminous historical records and written records, we can probably glimpse the trace of “scarf”.For example, in the poems of han Yu, a famous poet in the Tang Dynasty, there is an expression that “white cloth long gown and purple scarf, poor science is idle”. For example, in the period of Wei, Jin and Southern and Northern Dynasties, Yu Xin once wrote that “wearing a thin and narrow shirt sleeve and a beaded scarf”.Is it possible that the scarf of the Qing Dynasty, a garment accessory, appeared in the Tang Dynasty, or even earlier in the Wei, Jin and Southern and Northern Dynasties?We still cannot affirm, can see only from the birth of scarf kind of decorations may be in qing dynasty early this fact.In any case, the dress regulations of the Qing Dynasty did provide conditions for the truly widespread use of scarves.In fact, the traditional clothing of manchu in qing Dynasty is generally without collars, or we can think of their collars as separated. If longhua is hung, the white scarf often acts as the collar of clothes.That is to say, the special dress regulations of the Manchus in the Qing Dynasty with separate collars promoted the popularity of Longhua in that period. Of course, the so-called popularity was not popular in the streets, but mainly used by women in the palace.You wouldn’t see it around the necks of ordinary people or ragged beggars.Of clear harem muti_function act the role of article so, what effect and significance does this look like ordinary thing have after all?According to Hegel’s “Principle of Philosophy of Right”, the existence of anything is reasonable, so longhua must have its rationality.Its most intuitive function is probably beautiful.Qing dynasty court women’s clothing, mostly complex and gorgeous, diverse styles.At the same time, due to the development of printing and dyeing skills at that time, the color of clothing is no longer simple, but colorful and colorful, in addition, it is also embroidered with delicate and delicate patterns and patterns decoration.Turn on the Legend of Zhen Huan, a Popular TV drama about the Qing Dynasty, and you will see concubines wandering in the garden dressed in elegant flags, literally “peach blossoms in each other’s faces.”And in a variety of large pieces of color dense, the party a small longhua scarf such as pure white clouds embellish among them, is more eye-catching than the colorful color.In addition to this eye-catching decorative function, the scarf also has the function of warmth.After the Qing army entered the pass, Beijing was finally decided as the capital. Beijing was located in the north of the Yellow River and Yangtze River. In late autumn and winter, the climate was very cold.Living in the qing people here, also came up with a scarf on the neck of the way to drive cold cover warm.Of course, whether the scarf is used as a beautiful decoration or warm against the cold, are those women in the Court of the Qing Dynasty, Longhua a thing, mainly in the Qing Dynasty between women in the harem, rare folk its users.However, the most important function of longhua scarf is not the above mentioned beauty and warmth, but the biggest significance of its existence in the Qing Dynasty harem is to facilitate the emperor.This point for many qing dynasty drama audience is a little strange.It should be known that in the harem of the ancient feudal emperor, there were a large number of concubines and beauties, and it was obviously not easy for the emperor to distinguish each concubine.After all, the monarch had to be busy in the affairs of the former court, and sometimes his energy was really limited.The white scarf, called longhua, was not a precious item, but it helped the emperor distinguish between his dazzling concubines.To some extent, Longhua was an outgrowth of the harem hierarchy.At that time, almost every concubine in the Imperial Palace of the Forbidden City would wear such scarves. Admittedly, everyone’s Longhua was white, but there was much to be said for the same white dress.Each concubine wears different patterns of embroidery on longhua due to her different positions. For a concubine with a higher position, the decorative patterns on her longhua will be more complex and gorgeous, and the colors of embroidery patterns will often be brighter, so as to demonstrate her superior status and status among concubines in the harem.In the Qing Dynasty, the rank of the imperial concubine was from high to low: empress, imperial concubine, imperial concubine, concubine, concubine, concubine, nobleman, changzai, consent and official woman.Therefore, the pattern patterns on the queen’s longhua must be the most luxurious and rich, while the lowest grade of official women can only wear a simple pattern embroidery Longhua.In fact, in addition to the harem concubines, ordinary maidens can also pelonghua, but because of their lower status, in the palace is just serving the master’s “workers”, so can only use the most primitive and simple without embroidery patterns of Longhua.Thus, Longhua has been regarded as the external symbol and marker of the female identity in the harem.When the emperor finishes his one-day visit to the harem, he can easily identify the position and status of his concubines by virtue of their longhua, which, implicitly, greatly facilitates the private affairs between the emperor and his concubines.A small scarf, a seemingly ordinary clothing, in the Qing Dynasty harem has a deeper meaning and meaning, it highlights the honor and dignity between the square inch, in the subtle place to maintain the rank and second, above the small things, we can see the “hidden rules” of the imperial Court, but also visible people.This small thing that can show people’s hearts, most of the time are connected with the emperor’s heart, if the emperor’s favor is high, it will be bright and dazzling, if the emperor’s status is low, it will be dim.One party longhua, will countless women locked in the cage of hierarchical order, and cannot break in the shackles of secular ethics.In feudal times, women in the harem seemed to live for the emperor all their lives, and all their words and deeds and cognition were centered on the emperor. Their sorrow lies in that they could not get rid of the shackles of hierarchical ethics further strengthened by the imperial power, could not truly awaken the self-value and self-consciousness of life, and could not have the pure freedom of soul.

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