CHINESE LADY LINGERIE IN ANCIENT CHINA (2) —Various Shapes on Little Pieces

Written by Gioia Zhang


Unlike the three-dimensional structure of Western lingerie, Chinese ancient lingerie is made up of layers and it implicitly shapes the rich curve of the female body.

From the outline, there are usually square, diamond, rectangle and fan shapes, triangle shapes, petal shapes, T shapes, cross shapes, Ruyi (a curved scepter, used in Chinese Buddhism) shapes and other, more complex shapes.


201.pngRectangle Dudou: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty



202.pngFan Shaped Dudou: Period – The Republic of China Era


 203.pngDiamond Shaped Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty



204.pngComplexly Shaped Dudou: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty


The pictographic shape shows the imagination of the ancient people of China. It conveys moral implications in a person’s life.



205.pngTiger Shaped Underwear: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty

To banish evil and pray for peace



 206.pngIngot Shaped Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

Generally used in children’s underwear and used for wishing for a steady stream of future wealth



 207.pngCalabash Shaped Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

One of the treasures held by Tieguai Li, one of the eight immortal gods, this Dudou prays for god’s blessing



208.png Ruyi Shaped Dudou: Period – Late Qing Dynasty

Used to express one’s wishes for good luck



209.png Beef Tongue Shaped Underwear: Period – Middle Qing Dynasty

Used to embody elegance and depth of knowledge.



According to the characteristics of different shapes, there are many wearing styles, and each has its own style and discretion for showing the body’s curves.

210.jpgSome examples of methods to wear a Dudou




Chinese underwear from the past pursues the integration of details and the whole piece to complement to each other. The main pieces are connected with other structures to create a new decoration called Nashao meaning to avoid breaking off connections/ severing ties, which is not an auspicious sign.


 214.jpgNashao partten


Rich and varied shapes highlight the traditional feminine pursuit of beauty and the desire to show themselves.



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