Introduction: Those people who like cheongsams must like those exquisite cheongsams buttons. They are not willing to miss theses beautiful elements. So, here is the question, how to make such little buttons with our hands. All we know that only hand made buttons can fit the cheongsams well. Is there any secret in those seemingly complex buttons? And if you also have the question like this, you can have a look at the following series of diagrams, which can teach you how to weave beautiful delicate buckles.
Pankou is made with a strip of cloth by hand. Through a variety of changes of art forms, these decorative buttons have become much more elegant for the Chinese dresses.
The diagram about how to make lute Pankous.
Pankou, also known as the buttons of the Chinese dresses. They are developed with the rise of Manchu clothing, which can be regarded as a symbol of traditional Chinese culture. The flower shape buckles can be called as a kind of ancient Chinese knots, which reflect the miniature changes of the point of view which towards the evolution of the clothing of the Chinese people.
The way to weave buckles for cheongsams.
Pankou, also known as the decorative buttons of the Chinese dresses. They are developed with the rise of the clothing of Manchu, which can be regarded as a symbol of a certain kind of traditional Chinese culture. The flower shape pankous can be called as one kind of ancient Chinese knots, which could reflect the little changes of the points of view which towards the evolution of the clothing of the Chinese people.
In our ancient China, we always used long strips of cloths or vests to restraint the baggy clothes. After Yuan dynasty and Ming Dynasty, buckles gradually used to connect skirts, taking the place of the premier using of cloth. These buckles can be called as flower tricky buttons which use strips of cloth weaving into all kinds of tricks and patterns. There are lots of different shapes of such buttons. The theme of the pankous is often chosen to have a strong sense of national interest as well as auspicious meanings. There are fancy varieties of pankous, some may look like plants and animals. For example, chrysanthemum buttons, plum buttons, goldfish buttons. Or the other buttons can be like Chinese characters. For example, the meaning of the shape may like good luck, longevity and happiness; these buttons can be like some Chinese words. There are also some buttons look like geometric graphics, such as a word buckle, wave buckle, triangle buckle and etc. The buttons can be divided on both sides; they can be symmetrical and asymmetrical. Flower shape buckles play an important role in the evolution of Chinese clothing changes. It is only have the function to connect the skirts, but also is better known as the crowning touch to the decoration of garments. These buttons can vividly express the theme of the decorative style of the Chinese clothing. We Chinese people pay more attention to the implication, connotation and theme of the cheongsams much more than the only outlook of the Chinese dress. But the outlook of the dress is also very important, which we all know. And some decorations are needed to make the dress much more beautiful. So, here the Chinese buckles come.
In recent years, the Chinese dress buckles have been popular around the world as a traditional means of fashionable clothing and rage. Long sleeved buckles, short sleeved buckles, double-breasted buckles (a kind of Chinese-style jacket with buttons down the front), and slanting lapel buttons. And with the development of the buckles, even those straight tube dresses with slits in the backside will be composed with a few pieces of buckles, which just look like several dragonflies which desire to fly and without the action”.
How to make a beautiful buckle of the cheongsam may be one question for those people who like Chinese culture very much. They can be Chinese people as well as foreigners. In nowadays, more and more people feel interested in Chinese dresses because of the popularity of Chinese culture.
So many kinds of buckles may make you feel difficult to choose. Some people like those buckles made as plants or animals or flowers. In the other word, they like the outlook of the buckles. And some people like those buckles with some certain meanings. They may wish that they can have a happier life or something else. So, they may choose the ones with the shape of some Chinese characters. And with the development of the buckles, there have been many changes occurred. As well as the workmanship, in the premier period, handmade is the most popular way, and now, some may be made by the machines. But here I want to mention that only the handmade buckles can be more delicate. They will make the buckles step by step, with their truest feeling to make the most appropriate buttons for the cheongsam you choose.
Since the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, the collar of those high necked dress will be added with one to two metal buckles. And in 1997 in Wujin City, the scientists found that there are some straight buckles on two women dresses which unearthed from the tomb of the emperor of Ming dynasty. But, these two pieces of clothing were also using a tie to wrap to make the dress much tighter. So, actually, just from the Qing dynasty, with the implementation of hair cutting e-service, the silk made buckles had begun widely used in various types of clothing. And at this time, the buckles was completely replaced the position of the strip of the cloth which used to tight the dresses. Gown, cheongsams as well as Tang jackets, they were all using buckles to fix the skirt in front of the dresses.