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Duanwu special: Ancient fashion pioneer Qu Yuan's style

By Li Hongrui | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-06-18 09:00
Qu Yuan, by Gu Binxin. [Photo/artron.net]

Passion for hats with a high top

In his poem Jiu Zhang, Qu said he fancied unique clothes since childhood, a passion that didn't wane even in old age.

The description of his ensemble had the poet in a robe with a long flowing belt, a hat and accessories of jade and beads.

The hat he wore had a high top, called qie yun, literally meaning as high as the clouds in the sky.

Qu was very fascinated with this hat, which he also mentioned in his most well-known work, Li Sao.  

"I made the top of my hat higher and belt longer," he wrote in the poem.

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