Shenyi first appeared in the Spring and Autumn and Warring States Period (770B.C.-221B.C.). It was home-worn dress for scholar-bureaucrat initially. Owing to its simple design for comfortable wear, it was widely spread among common people. When Shenyi was replaced by gown-style dress, it gradually disappeared from the stage of history. However, Shenyi was the prototype of Kuzhe and Ruqun.
Before Shenyi appeared, clothes for ancient people consisted of the upper part and lower part. Shenyi was a kind of loose straight dress covering the upper and lower of the body; however, there remained a boundary line between the upper part and lower part of the body by tailoring halves and sewing together.
Each part of Shenyi was given an individual symbolic meaning. In the process of making, firstly, the upper part and lower part were tailed separately and then stitched at the waist, which meant respecting the ancestors and succeeding to old traditions. Round sleeves and square collar meant faying in with a rule. There was a vertical line at the back implying the meaning of being an honest person. Horizontal line on the dress tail implied to be impartial.
Danyi is a single layer garment without lining which is similar to Shenyi. It includes two styles Quju and Zhiju suitable for both men and women.
Za Ju Chui Shao dress
It was a popular female dress of Wei, Jin Southern and Northern Dynasties (220-589). Its name comes from Qian which is the silk woven ornament on the hem of the gown. It features wide top and tapering at the bottom just like a triangle. It’s overlapped and fixed on the hem of the gown. Shao is a kind of long ribbon. The extension. The extension part of Shang is down to the ground wafting with women’s swift walking pace.