Ethnic Clothes


Clothing is a tradition that composes an important part of a nation’s culture. China has 56 ethnic groups and each has their own clothing tradition. When you first come up with an ethnic person, it is easy to notice their clothes, decorations and style which are dazzling. Each group is unique that communities have its their clothes and rules even there is a few kilometres away from each other. The mode of production, location and characteristics determine the names of clothes.





The Yao people are mainly distributed in the middle and south of China, some of whose headdress are quite large. There are some changes in costume styles that can be found in a racial group.


Mongolian wrestling suit is famous for its distinctiveness which looks like exquisite performance costumes. In the annually-held Inner Mongolian grassland Nadam Exposition, the wrestlers are generally wearing a leather sleeveless suit embroidered pattern, inlaid with silver rivets, wide silk belt and round silver mirror. On the collar of the sleeveless suit there are colourful ribbons, which float lightly in the wind, like the suit's armor. Over their baggy trousers, wrestlers wear a knee protector with embroidered edge with flowers and animal patterns embroidered. Their shoes are called Bulier boots which are made of cloth. The wrestling suits made young Mongolians look heroic, handsome and tough.


Having lived for a long time in the vast forests of the Daxinganling Mountains , the Oroqen wear their typical deer fur and skin to keep out of the harsh weather. Of all these deer clothes, their hats are most peculiar which are made of a complete deer head.


The Daur people living in northeastern China and also use animal skins as hats, but they use not only deer scalp but also foxes and wolf skins. The style of these hats is usually coarse, lifelike and natural.


In ancient times, Mongolian aristocratic ladies wore big, tall cap crowns. Later it also was popularized among ordinary women to wear in festivals and ceremonies. Bird feathers were essential while other ornaments can be added or removed from the crown, so they are called "cuckoo hats."


The Yugur people wears a white round hat, shaped like an inverted trumpet, the top of which decorated a red tassel, a commemoration of a heroine who fought with the devil to the last drop of blood.


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