Kimono, Museum no. Traditional clothing from the East Asian countries of Japan, China and Korea tends to conceal the form of the body. With some exceptions, it is the surface decoration of dress from Japan and China, and the striking plain colour combinations of Korean clothes that hold our attention.
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Traditional Dress from East Asia - Victoria and Albert Museum
East Asia includes the present countries of China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam the latter also can be considered part of Southeast Asia , along with adjacent areas of Inner Asia that have historically sometimes been part of the Chinese empire and often have been heavily culturally influenced by China. China was historically the dominant presence in East Asia, by virtue of size, population, and wealth; China regarded itself as the center of the world, the fountainhead of culture, and a beacon of civilization to surrounding peoples. Surrounding peoples did not necessarily share that assessment, but they could not avoid, and often did not wish to avoid, the influence of Chinese culture. The importance of silk in the history of East Asian dress is both evidence and metaphor for China's cultural domination of the region. Silk, produced in parts of China since at least the third millennium b. Both the technology of silk production and the cultural preference for wearing silk were exported from China to Korea, Japan, and Vietnam in the early centuries c. Silk cloth but not, except by accident or industrial espionage, silk technology was exported regularly and in large quantities from China to Central and Western Asia along the Silk Route beginning in the first century b.
ASIA, EAST: HISTORY OF DRESS
Their basic features are cross-collar, wrapping the right lapel over the left, tying with sash and a form of blouse plus skirt or long gown. These features have been preserved for thousands of years till the time of the Republic of China — AD , when Chinese Tunic Suit Mao Suit and cheongsam prevailed. Nowadays, however, most Chinese wear modern clothes in their daily lives, not much difference from their western counterparts. Traditional attires are only worn during certain festivals, ceremonies or religious occasions. However, they are often seen in Chinese television serials and movies.
Western-style clothes, which many people find convenient to wear during business hours, are now a common sight in many large cities of eastern and southern Asia. This is particularly so in Japan , which since has built a reputation as an international fashion centre. However, in Japan, China, and India , traditional dress is often preferred for occasions such as weddings. Over the centuries, notably in Korea and Japan, traditional styles of dress have reflected a marked Chinese influence, though both countries developed characteristic styles of their own. In like manner, modes of dress in the South Asian subcontinent have been a source of inspiration to some of the countries of Southeast Asia and of the East Indian archipelago.