The garments of the Hui people are categorized according to gender which vary a lot.
The Hui Cap
The traditional Hui wear white round cap with no brims which provide convenience for their religion that when they pray at the head, the forehead and nose must touch the ground.
In color, the caps are generally in solid colors, usually white, gray, blue, green, red and black, partially with Islamic-style lace, patterns or texts, which vary according to seasons and occasions . The white caps are wore in spring, summer and autumn while in winter they wear gray or black. Besides, the bridegroom wears red to show joy and happiness .
The caps are generally made from fabrics such as dacron, polyester and cotton cloth, as well as white cotton thread. The black ones mostly adopt velveteen, cotton felt, gabardine or other materials, and can also be crocheted with wool. In addition, hats made of cow skin are also very popular.
Apart from wearing white caps, Hui people also use white and yellow towels or fabrics to wrap their heads, mainly the cleric and the villagers who often go to temples.
It is a soft leather sock worn by the Muslims in the north in winter which are clean and durable. If you wear the socks, you can use wet hands to touch the toes to the heel of the socks instead of actual washing feet. Therefore, Hui Muslims generally prefer to wear the socks.
This is the favorite clothing of the Hui which is generally, in black, white and gray, made of cotton cloth, fiber or wool. It is similar to modern long coats, but the collars are usually uniform type.
Hui men also like to wear white shirts, white socks and white loose trousers.
It is an important part of the Hui men's clothing showing their simplicity and generousness.
The Hui men love to wear an aptitude pair of indigo waistcoats on white shirts which is contrasting but clean. There are also some waistcoats with exquisite Islamic patterns and various designs.
In different seasons, Hui people wear different types of waistcoats. The Hui are a generally neat and warrior nation. They often wash their faces, hands and practice martial arts. The waistcoats just provide the convenience and warmth.
The traditional Hui men's shoes are usually self-made square or round gusset shoes, and also use sandals made by linen and thread. With the development of society, most Hui people purchase various kinds of cloth shoes and leather shoes, sandals in the shops. However, they do not wear pigskin shoes. Rural men's socks and insoles are generally embroidered. The elder have the habit of binding trouser legs.
The Hui men also like to wear a pocket knife, commonly known as a waist knife which is an ethnic decoration.
The dress of the Hui women is also very characteristic. They usually wear scarves to cover the hair, ears and neck. Hui believes that it is immoral to reveal the body of women in public and should be covered.
In terms of style, the elderly cover their heads with longer scarves while the young are relatively short. Hui women also embed gold in their scarves and embroider elegant patterns, looking fresh and pleasing.
The traditional clothes of the Hui women are generally large front opening coats with rich decoration. Girls are very fond of embroidering and coloring the clothes. Hui women make buttons themselves. Traditional shoes are embroidered on the toe and socks mainly focus on the heel and socks.
The color of the Hui women's clothes does not pursuit bright coloration. Generally, the elder prefer black, blue and gray while the young like to wear bright colors such as green, blue and red.
Most Hui girls wear their earrings when they are as young as seven or eight. At the same time, they also like to wear rings, bracelets, and some also have nails done. Married women also have to clear off the hair on their faces frequently to look delicate and clean.
The custom of wearing rings is the same as that of Muslims in Middle East Arab countries such as Turkey, Pakistan, and Egypt. They wear a ring finger to indicate that they are married, wear a middle finger to indicate single, and a small pink finger indicates unmarried yet. In addition, Hui women also like to wear bracelets and earrings. The gold bracelets can also be replaced with other materials such as silver bracelets and jade bracelets.