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What is Qixi and why do people celebrate it?

(Source: Sonofchina.com) We typically know Valentine's Day to be on February 14th, but did you know in Chinese culture, Chinese Valentine's Day, also known as QIXI (七夕), is on the 7th day of the 7th month of every lunar year. The festival is based on a romantic legend about Niu Lang and Zhi Nü. According to Chinese myth, seven goddesses who lived in heaven secretly ventured to the mortal world one night to do some exploring. When Niu Lang, spotted Zhi Nü, one of the seven goddesses, it was love at first sight. She stayed behind in the mortal world marrying Niu Lang. When the Goddess of Heaven discovered this, she ordered Zhi Nu to return to Heaven. QIXI celebrates...

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How to make your qipao unique ft. the mandarin collar

The mandarin collar is one of the most iconic features of a qipao. Apart from deciding how high you want your collar to be, you can also choose which mandarin collar style suits your personal style and function the best. Read on to learn more about the different mandarin collars. 1. Round Collar 圓領 The round collar is the most common collar type and is the style most often seen within our collections. As mentioned in its name, the edge of the collar where the one piece of fabric meets at the base of the neck, is round. If you are looking for a mandarin collar type that will stand the test of time, the round collar is definitely the one to opt...

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Why did we create a Qipology knitwear collection?

I’ve always been fascinated with knitwear. After interning at two knitwear factories in my teens, I thought to myself, maybe one day I will have my own. Well, that dream faded along with my naivety, but I am glad that I still get the opportunity to explore working with knit. My current supplier is actually a client turned friend. She came in looking for a qipao for a company annual dinner party and when she told me that she runs a small knitwear factory, that to me was a sign that I had to test the waters! The pandemic last year was the perfect timing – it allowed me the time to create a new collection beyond bridal and cocktail...

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Can I wear a white qipao for my wedding?

With the pandemic restrictions in place, couples are forced to get married in smaller ceremonies rather than holding big banquets. Usually brides choose to wear qipaos during the tea ceremony or the  evening part of the banquet but with those plans postponed (until Covid-19 improves), have you considered wearing a qipao for your civil ceremony?    The traditional color for a bridal qipao is red, as it symbolizes good luck, happiness and prosperity. However, we are seeing more and more brides opting for qipaos in white as a more modern approach. Qipaos in white are absolutely goddess- like, and very photogenic. We can’t wait to share a few styles with you below! What’s best? It can easily be worn again...

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What is Guo Da Li (過大禮)?

Whilst it is fun to begin planning your dream wedding, don't forget the Chinese traditions and rituals that need to be in place too. Guo Da Li is the main ceremony before the wedding - but many of you may ask - what is it? Guo Da Li (過大禮) also known as the betrothal ceremony, which can be held from 2 weeks up to 3 months before the wedding, is when the groom delivers wedding gifts to the bride's family to show his sincerity in marrying their daughter and reassuring them that she will be well taken care of after marriage. The acceptance of the gifts will mean that the proposal is accepted. The custom is for the bride's family to also reciprocate the gesture...

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