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Noble Manchurian Women of Qing Dynasty (Hair) by lilsuika Noble Manchurian Women of Qing Dynasty (Hair) by lilsuika

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A short illustration showing different styles of the Manchurian women's wing-like headdress through early, mid and late Qing dynasty. When time allows, I'd like to create a much more in-depth version with many more drawings/styles. 


“Manchu women of position generally decorated their hair with a small comb whose frame was formed with wire or thin rattan strips and covered with black gauze, on which were embroidered green feathers. The commoners mostly wore ‘fork-shape’ buns. Later under the influence of the Han women, they came to wear flat buns. However, the bun became higher and higher towards the end of the dynasty until it was an ornaments of fixed shaped in the form of an ‘archway’, capable of being put on the head at will after putting a few flowers into it, hence the name of ‘big wings’.” (5,000 Years of Chinese Costume, pg. 173)

“Manchu women combed their hair into a flat chignon at the back with horns supported by a hair board, which was also called ‘double horns hair style.’ Very beautiful and unique, they often decorated hair with big flowers of vivid color or tassels.” (Chinese Clothing, 81)

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Tiger-ct Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Student
The evolution of strong necks
keys54321 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The largest headdress is the most beautiful to me but I heard they're surprisingly heavy, 10-30 pounds. ouch
BelloTempestade Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
Water your headdress to make it bloom and grow large enough to become alpha over all other headdresses
grisador Featured By Owner Edited Dec 21, 2015
Too sad now there's no much Manchurian people today :(
Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I just wanted to comment that I've enjoyed all of your history of Asian fashion pieces, they are all extremely well done, thank you for sharing them with us.
rosemoon151 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
is that al hair?
MatthieuLacrosse Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Reminds me of the empress in Sagwa
NaKaJi143 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It just keeps getting bigger and bigger. It's fascinating and beautiful the way they do this. Haha~ :iconaartplz: <-- yes it is. 
YiwoonNeoh Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
My people are creative
And my heritage was awesome.
I am born Chinese so I don't have to worry.
I live in Malaysia cuz many many years ago my race immigrated there just to work like servants towards the Malayans(what Malaysians are called back then)when they were still under the British rule.
peppermix14 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Student Writer
who HAS that much hair!?
LadyIna9 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Wow. Looking at the picture on the far right, at first I thought that big "thing" on her head was some kind of head piece. All of that is actually her hair?!?
royal-lady90 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
that's not actually hair... (lol look at my avatar :D )
that's kind of decoration made of kind of hard cloth or something like that
the real hair will be in back side of the head...
like this
but i guess the left first one might be real hair...
Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Thank you!
japan112899 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
How heavy are those hair boards?
royal-lady90 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
it's up to the place she is.
the higher place she is in the palace, the heavier of the hair boards she has
like queen or "GuiFei" is up to 5kg, decorate with gems and gold
this is queen
this is GuiFei
japan112899 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Yikes! How were they able to not fall?
Alecto3263827 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
balance... so much balance!
Decadent-Cupcake Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
My head aches just thinking about attempting those hairstyles
royal-lady90 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
yep... just like you put a baby (3kg) on your head for the whole day....
mayshing Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Filmographer
oh my it keeps getting bigger. I never really looked into these changes even though I grew up with it. Thanks for organizing. ^^
emoyaoi19 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
I'll be honest, I think the Qing Dynasty was one of my absolute favorite among China's history. Anyway, enough of my fangirl-ing, you've done an amazing job on their hair, so far! Love is in the air 
RainComa Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
gotta say, I always love your posts on the asian clothing and hair...Im always going nuts though trying to figure out how they get there hair so high, I have a lot of hair and mine wouldnt say like that if I used glue to hold it in place! very very beautiful :D
pheonia Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I believe they're actually hair pieces they put on. It's not all their natural hair.
RainComa Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that makes a lot of sense...
Mauriko Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
I can see a certain pattern emerging, definitely. XD Anyway, thank you!
Heyriel Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very interesting! It always baffles me how, seemingly independent of culture, the more wealthy/powerful you are the more impractical the dress code is :'D
WatchuDrawing Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah so it got more elaborate over time.
Bakatsuki-sama Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It just gets bigger by time XD
CinnaMonroe Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
I was wondering how they put up their hair like that! Wonder how heavy those boards could be.
Namviet76 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! Thank you so much for making this
MU-Cheer-Girl Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cool!!!
iceman-05 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
I'm quite impressed by these designs, I can imagine them so rich in colours and handcrafting as well. Great historic portrait! :thumbsup:
AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Filmographer
the more the headdress grew bigger, the more higher her status!!??
royal-lady90 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
not really, just the decorations on it will show her status
can be very simple like this...
thisjust "ChangZai"
can be very complicated
this is "GuiFei"

the status of "GuiFei" much much higher than "ChangZai"
AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Filmographer
suyuku-san Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Writer
it makes me wonder how the last one was able to walk let alone not have some kind of spinal damage did that weigh anything or not? women must have gone through a lot of hard time to look beautiful, both in Asia and in the European countries, heck all over the globe, it's both astounding and at times very much cringe worthy. :)
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