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15th-16th century East Asian Cultural Sphere

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Thought it would be fun to create a series showcasing nth century fashions of the Sinosphere (aka the East Asian cultural sphere/Confucian world, aka countries culturally influenced by China). I decided to depict middle to upper class women and tried my best to avoid royalty, concubines, dancers, and so on. If I am able to find adequate references, I’d like to do a series for the Indosphere (India-influences on Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, etc), Pacific Islands, Middle East, etc.

The drawings are drawn according to the original paintings and reconstructed fashions. You can see the refs on my tumblr.

Feel free to let me know if there are any errors.

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An official periodical published by a ruling Junta in Beijing claims in Yunnan claims there is some tribe where girls wear cod pieces shaped like the Eifel tower.


Interestingly the Miao in province wear medieval twin peaked headdresses.

"Koreans are White" by Vladimir Mitovitch is interesting since there is evidence of how Koreans and Coastal Chinese were genetically European before Japanese annexations from 1884 to 1945.


A Hanbok is identical to a farthingale hoopskirt where panniers bustles are called "Daeshin Chima" whil linguistically Hangul is similar to Roman, Hebrew, and Greek .


Queen Anne and Elizabethan sailors referred to Shandong Peninsula, Korea, and Kamchatka as "Land of "Gigantics".

I like the Vietnam one best, except for the stripes. The Japanese one is kind of frumpy

This is all wrong!
All these things are wrong.
It is equal to crime to the cultures of the countries.
Characteristic error is Korean clothes, the majority of the people are all white clothes.
There was no staining technology. All colored clothes are imported from China. Therefore, everything except the royal family is white.
It is too stupid report.Waaaah! 
kimyoonmi's avatar
15th century hanbok were strongly pleated: i.pinimg.com/474x/ce/c4/38/cec…


i.pinimg.com/originals/25/ed/2…

I did find your source image, but it's distorted a bit since it's drawn and she's sitting, not standing.

Also the overcoat (Durumagi) was not that common, but for sitting portraits, the lady of the house may have worn them--but for going outside of the house, not likely, since the head was covered by nobility with a pleated garment. Sometimes, too, the women wore a white sash from their skirt ties (chima) which was like a handkerchief and sometimes was embroidered as shown here: i.pinimg.com/originals/cc/61/3…

I should note, though by the 16th century, hanbok did change a bit. The heavy pleating disappeared, though the skirt was still pleated at the top.

So you get something more like this: news.chosun.com/site/data/html… (leftmost picture in the series). Though for a scholar and his wife, she wouldn't have been able to probably afford that much gold and silver on her clothing which was often limited to royalty. She may emphasize her status, though, by having embroidery on her sleeves, etc.

So at the time Korea was closer to 15th century China, but had different ties, a shorter jacket, etc.

Muromachi looks like this: i.pinimg.com/originals/64/2f/e… (The coat is a big give away) Yours looks more Edo period (1600's), rather than Muromachi. She also looks like she's wearing zori, instead of geta, which would be noble class wear (except, of course, inside the house) The coat, BTW, would have been worn inside and outside the house for Japanese.

Probably wiser to limit it to one century because I know it changed in the countries you mentioned by the centuries.

This is beautifully drawn, but I thought I'd give historical facts along with it. I know it was difficult to draw this, so by no means am I "demanding" it be corrected or whatever, but I thought I would give caveats and some insights into what you chose.
mspace2000's avatar
Who are these women?
Firecat15's avatar
Can you make an evolution chart of East Indian clothing?
uzukitanuki's avatar
Just a weird question, do you have interests in drawing the male Chinese historical clothing?
That would be really cool. 
Hope you'd put "Vietnamese men historical garments" in consideration too.
DeseretGear's avatar
I've just gone through a bunch of your clothing references. Your style is amazing and the details and research you put into each drawing are phenomenal. Thank you!
Noshabaforever's avatar
well maybe could you do indian style clothing through history i need to know plus can i borrow this for a refrence i will credit you...
Glimja's avatar
Beautiful arts.
Many people are confused about Korea clothing - the early Joseon dynasty,
but you're right.

You probably found the painting of Hayeon(하연) and his wife, did't you?
>>blog.joins.com/media/folderlis…
Even Korean not good at old clothing well
so I'm very glad you try to get much information and knowledge.

If you have any question about Korean traditional clothing, let me know.
I'm an illustrator drawing Hanbok, maybe I can help you as much as possible :)
YensidTim's avatar
I love your instructions and arts on Joseon Hanbok! They're stunning! Can you,  by any chance, do the same for pre-Joseon? Not many people know what Goryeo, Silla, and the other kingdoms' clothing looked like, and it causes historical inaccuracy in films. If possible, please do one for pre-Joseon :D
Glimja's avatar
Another guy already found images for you ^^
It's good, but these days, we watch some misinformed clothing by media, especially movie & drama.
so you'd better check other east Asian clothing near Korea.
for example,
Baekje(K) → Asuka(J)
Tang(C) → Silla(K)
Song/Yang(C) → Goryeo(K) → Yuan/Ming(C) → Joseon(K)
They influenced each other like that.
I want to show some pre-Joseon clothing images soon :)
YensidTim's avatar
OH YES. I'll await your art :D
I have done lots of research on Korean fashion and got the "gist" of them, but I can never tell which are for commoners, royals, servants, princesses, queens, etc. Hopefully your arts can clear them up :)
Glimja's avatar
Thanks for your reply.
I made two art books about Joseon dynasty fashion (men&women),
I wish I'll show you guys in English and other languages too, soon ^_^
I found this pinterest. It has some illustrations and paintings of pre-joseon era. 
www.pinterest.com/g_richh/thre…
www.pinterest.com/g_richh/gory…
www.pinterest.com/g_richh/nort…
YensidTim's avatar
Thanks a lot! These are very informative, but it will be great if you draw it :D
Meztli72's avatar
Very beautiful!!! .:Happy star:.
1tututu3's avatar
well,great,if add the Ryukyu is better.
*heavy breathing* I hope you'll be able to accomplish this project.
Koimonsters-khaos's avatar
will you show more Korean fashion? 
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