Hanfu refers to ancient Chinese traditional clothing, and is the best costume of China to respresent Chinese traditional Culture. Hanfu has a strict dressing system, including Shoufu(首服), Tiyi(体衣), Zuyi(足衣) and Peishi(配饰).
Today we are going to introduce one of the Peishi of Hanfu, which called Jinbu.
So what is Jinbu of Hanfu? Jinbu is a kind of costume ornament worn by the ancient Chinese women. People used colorful threads to combine various shapes of jade pendants, gems, pearls into a string and tie them around the waist. At first, it was only used to hold down the skirt and make people look neatly dressed. When walking with a Jinbu, the Jinbu will make a sound. If the rhythm of the sound is chaotic, it will be considered rude, and the ancient Chinese paid great attention to this.
The jade Jinbu originated in the pre-Qin Dynasty. Only nobles could wear it, and only walked slowly with it could reflect the dignity of nobles. In the development of later dynasties, although the shape of Jinbu and the way of wearing it are different, its function had not changed anymore. In the Ming Dynasty, the jade Jinbu was usually worn on grand occasions such as the princess receiving rewards, or the court meeting.
From the production and design of the Jinbu, we can see the ancient Chinese people’s pursuit of beauty and the embodiment of their aesthetics. Most of them chose fine jade as the main body to make Jinbu, which showed their quality requirements.
In ancient times, women would wear a mellow and beautiful Jinbu because it could show the meek character of women, while the men would choose to wear a heavy jade with calm color to show their sedate character.
China has always been a country of etiquette since ancient times. From the popularity of Jinbu in ancient times, we can see that the ancestors paid attention to etiquette and pursued beauty.
The Jinbu shows the characteristics of the Chinese nation. It is a product of China’s emphasis on etiquette and ethical education.