I've seen a few photoshoots and characters in dramas wearing veils over the lower part of their face and I was wondering if this was an actual accessory or a modern artistic liberty? Either way it's very pretty but I was hoping you had some insight :) thank you for your time and I love your blog <3
Hi - thanks for the question, and I’m glad you love my blog!
The veils worn over the lower part of the face that you see in Hanfu photoshoots and Chinese dramas are called Miansha/面纱 (veil). As far as I’m aware, they are a modern artistic liberty and were not actually worn as accessories by the ancient Chinese. Nevertheless, they frequently appear in Chinese dramas, and have currently become a fashionable accessory among Hanfu wearers.
So how did this come to be? It’s important to keep in mind that China actually has a history and tradition of veiling the entire face, with examples being the veiled hats called Mili/幂蓠 and Weimao/帷帽(see here and here for more information) and the red wedding veil called Gaitou/盖头. Chinese drama costume designers no doubt drew on this tradition to come up with the lower-face veil that we see now, which is meant to emphasize the mysteriousness and beauty of those who wear it. Below - Miansha in Chinese dramas, often paired with Weimao (rows 1 & 2):
In a case of art imitating life and life imitating art, Hanfu wearers have drawn inspiration from the aesthetics of such dramas, and subsequently incorporated Miansha into the Hanfu wardrobe as a fashionable accessory. Nowadays you can find Miansha in various colors and designs on Taobao:
The latest face veil trend among Hanfu wearers is the Mianlian/面帘 (curtain). Mianlian involves a veil that’s made of tassels instead of a piece of fabric:
Nowadays you can find various types of Mianlian on the market, from the simple to the glamorous and blinged-out:
Mianlian can be worn in several different ways - on the lower face, on top of the head to cover the entire face, and on the back of the head as a hair ornament:
In summary, while Miansha and Mianlian are not strictly historically accurate, their current popularity exemplifies a creative reinvention of tradition that I find commendable. Plus, they really do look very pretty! Below - Hanfu street style (Miansha on left, Mianlian on right):
I begin with three ancient premises I almost believe. One: the dead move among us. Two: there is the thinnest veil between the things we see and the secret, heart-stopping place those images open to, and only image, the beloved particular, allows entry. Three: that hidden place is the source of poetry, of any art really, and tapping that requires two conflicting states of mind at once—vigilance and a kind of half-sleep, thinking and not thinking at all. I realize this sounds archaic and even unhinged, and that’s probably the best I can hope for.
Marianne Boruch, from “Seeing Things,” The Little Death of Self (University of Michigan Press, 2017)
Bilmesenizde anlatılmıştır illaki.Kulaklarınızın pasını silecek şekilde.Bir tutam utanç vardı sevdalarda Göz göze bakarak tutuşulurdu, el ele değmeden. Gönülden yaşanılır, buram buram vefa kokardı. Nasıl da yakardı o eski aşkların ateşi insanı…Tatlı bir alevin üstünde bir çay gibi kaynardı aşıklar. O ateşin üzerinde demlenmek kor değil su serperdi yüreklere. Bir pencere başında, bir sokak köşesinde beklemek, Deniz kenarında saatlerce oturup, yıldızlarla aşkını çizmek vardı bulutlara. Özlemek ayrı bir keyif katardı ömürlere. Kalplerin ilk anahtarıydı o aşklar. Daha önce girilmemiş bir eve girer gibi girilir, Keşfedilmemiş bir şehir gibi gezilir, O şehrin ilk misafiri olup, karış karış sahiplenilirdi.
O eski aşklar vardı bilir misiniz ?
Bütün Dünyayı üç harfe sığdıran. Gözünü kırpmadan bir ömür adanılan…Körlerin gördüğü ,sağırların duyduğu, dilsizlerin konuştuğu aşklar vardı…
Kaldı mı onlardan bir tutam ?
Dünyada ölüm diye bir gerçek varken, sevdiğiz kişinin hala nefes alıyor olmasına dua edin. Bi silkelenin, kıymet bilin, sevin, severken incitmeyin.Özlemekten ciğeriniz solmadan gidin soluğu yanında alın sarılın.
So my husband just came up with an interesting theory for Solas’ “veil strengthening” artifacts.
I know there’s a popular theory that Solas lied about what the artifacts actually do. But considering his aversion to lying and the fact that he never does so out right, I think he’s being truthful about their effect.
It may seem contradictory to Solas’ ultimate goal of bringing down the veil to strengthen it. However, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Solas’ more immediate goal in Inquisition is to stop Corypheus and even if strengthening the veil goes against his long term goal he’d still be happy to do it.
But, what if strengthening the Veil actually aids Solas’ goal of bringing it down?
Hair removal was my husband’s example. Hair actually has to grow out so there’s enough to grab onto to remove it properly. Or dominoes: If you have one piece out of place, they don’t all fall over properly.
What if weakened sections of the Veil will prevent it from coming down properly?
So you know how Solas is always making remarks on the Veil to the point that everyone makes fun of him for it in Jaws of Hakkon? And even Cole is like, “You think about it a lot.”
And everyone is just like, yeah, Solas, you huge fucking nerd.
But Solas created the Veil. And maybe all of these observations he keeps making and why he’s so preoccupied with it is he needs to know what condition it’s in and where the weak spots are in order to carry out his plans.
If the Veil is the reason that the elves “quickened” and became mortal, how come the Elvhen like Abelas and Solas have not also become mortal? Aren’t they as cut off from the magic of the Fade as today’s elves?
Tadını çıkar nefes aldığın her anın doyasıya. Havanı kirletenlerin, yüreğini tüketenlerin ağırlığını taşıma. Bir hastalık veya ölüm gelir tüm herşeyi süpürür. Sahte dünyaya aldanma. Dışardaki kötülükleri orda bırak, kalbine alma. İnsanların seni anlamasını, hayatın istediklerini vermesini bekleme. Sen git talip ol her ne varsa. Değerini biliyorsan ederini sen belirle. Yüreğini satılığa çıkarma. Bu hayatta en özel, yüreği en güzel insan sensin. ALLAH'ı dost edin arkana bakma.Bütün bunları yaptığını düşünüyorsan hayatın sırrına vakıf olmuşsun demektir.