Aesthetic Qipao album 10

Aesthetic Qipao Photography: at the youthful age

Aesthetic Qipao Photography: at the youthful age

blue-and-white Qipao in the old alley

Blue-and-white Qipao in The Old Alley

blue-and-white Qipao in the old alley

Calico velvet Qipao 6

Calico velvet Qipao makes Mori-girl style

Calico velvet Qipao makes Mori-girl style

perform a scene of prosperous and ordinary years 1

Perform a Scene of Prosperous and Ordinary Years

perform a scene of prosperous and ordinary years

an elegant Chinese-style Qipao shot on Lantern Festival 4

Regina in an elegant Chinese-style Qipao shot on Chinese Lantern Festival

Recently, the prominent Chinese actress Regina released a  brand-new album. On Lantern Festival, a day for family reunion, Regina was elegant in a classic Qipao.

 

Aesthetic poetic Qipao shot

Aesthetic poetic Qipao shot in the southern Yangtze River

Aesthetic poetic Qipao album shot in the southern Yangtze River : beautiful elegant lady burning incense

Early Spring Retro Warm-toned Qipao with Big Wild Printings

It’s still not very hot, but the warm sunshine these days has already brought the warmth of spring. If you want to wear a retro Qipao in the early spring, then the Qipao with warm colour and big wild printings is a good option~

 

Qipao album: the prosperity of Southern Pavilion

Qipao album: the prosperity of Southern Pavilion

Qipao album: the prosperity of Southern Pavilion

girls in linen qipao

Linen Qipao with elaborate calico printing leaves you in a softest time

A simple Qipao of pink linen fabric and with elaborate calico printing leaves you in a softest time.

silk cheongsams

Silk Fabric and the Caring for Silk Cheongsams

Silk is the production of the cocoon of silkworms, the silkworm is the larval form of the domesticated silk moth, native to northern China.

Silkworm and Mulberry Leaves

Silkworm and Mulberry Leaves

The cocoons of the silk moth are spun by the larva themselves and the silk fibers are simply unraveled, each cocoon producing between 100-300 meters of fine thread. The cheongsam made with silk are light-weighted, soft, breathable, glossy, elegant and most importantly “silky”.

The history of the use of the cocoons of the silkworm species Bombyx to produce cloth suggests that it was in use at least as early as the Longshan period (3500-2000 BC), and perhaps earlier. And owing to the abundant strengths of silk and its rareness, silk was considered to be a luxury for only nobles and officials in ancient China.

Silk Rank badge of ancient official of China

Silk Rank badge of ancient official of China

Benefits of Silk Cheongsams

Cheongsams made with silk are recognized with its outstanding moisture retention, hygroscopicity and antimicrobial capacity. When dressed in damp conditions, it can absorb moisture, sweat, take away heat, maintaining the cleanness of human skin, voiding the breading of harmful bacteria. When in a dry environment, silk can absorb sweat while emit the moisture, and letting air come and go freely, making the wearer feel extremely comfortable and smooth. Studies have shown that silk contains 18 healthy amino acids that the human body cannot synthesis itself, they can promote the cell vitality and avoiding vascular sclerosis.

Silk Cocoon

Silk Cocoon

Care of Silk Cheongsams

Silk is protein fiber similar to human hair, silk cheongsams are delicate and can be easily damaged. By knowing the right way to clean, dry, press, and store silk, you can keep their original softness and sheen for years.

Dry cleaning

Care instructions for most silk items, recommend dry cleaning. Though, while dry cleaning helps maintain the original texture of the fabric, it does carry some risks. Commonly used cleaning solutions aren’t suited to silk and silks can be damaged if placed in the same vat with rougher fabrics. To make sure your silk gets proper treatment, always tell the dry cleaner that your garment is made from silk and make sure they know how to clean silk.

Handwashing

Silk fabric has been produced for over five thousand years, whereas the dry cleaning process has only been around since the 1840s. Clearly, dry cleaning isn’t a must. Even dupioni silk, which is almost always labeled as dry clean only, can be hand washed if the seams have been serged and you don’t mind the fabric losing some of its firmness or color. The natural coating on silk fibers reacts well to warm water, so hand washing also has the advantage of refreshing silk and giving it a better drape. Silk can be hand washed in cool or lukewarm water using a mild detergent such as Woolite, Ivory soap, or shampoo dissolved in the water. Because silk resists dirt and stains, only a small amount of soap should be used. Silk, like most natural fibers, doesn’t tolerate abrupt changes in temperature very well, so stay with one water temperature throughout the wash. Avoid soaking silk as this may fade the dye. To both revive faded or yellowed colors and protect the fabric from alkali damage, rinse the silk in water with a few tablespoons of white vinegar added. While some people prefer a matte finish, this texture is usually a sign of alkali damage, which can eventually make the fabric brittle. The vinegar rinse will minimize this. After the wash and vinegar rinse, rinse the silk thoroughly in cool water.

Machine washing

Machine washing is the worst way to clean silk as the agitator and other garments can damage the fabric. However, if the instructions for your wash machine state that the machine is safe for silk, there should be no serious problem washing most silks in it. Before washing, make sure there’s no soap or dirt on the inside of the machine that might stain the silk. Place the silk item in a mesh bag or a pillowcase loosely tied closed. Use a small amount of a very mild detergent and wash on a gentle cycle, such as a wool cycle, at a temperature of no more than 86°F (30°C). If you use a spin cycle, keep it as short as possible.

Treating Stains

A capful of hydrogen peroxide and or a few drops of ammonia added to the wash will help keep white silk bright and rinsing silk in white vinegar diluted with water will help remove yellowing. While recent perspiration stains may be washed out or dabbed with a tablespoon of ammonia dissolved in half cup of water, older perspiration may be removed with a vinegar solution. Unfortunately, though, perspiration stains on silk, as on many garments, may not be completely removable as perspiration causes damage to the fibers. Remember, silk may be strong, but harsh chemicals can cause permanent damage, so avoid using bleach or any product that contains bleach, enzymes, or whiteners on silk.

Drying

Even if you machine wash, never use a machine dryer to dry any silk as the friction and lack of humidity and can damage the fabric. Instead, roll the silk item up in a bath towel and gently press the water out. Never wring silk. When most of the water is out, finer silk should be hung up to dry, while coarser varieties, such as bourette, should be dried on a flat surface. Keep the garment away from heat sources or direct sunlight, both of which can turn silk yellow.

Pressing

Silk should be pressed while still damp, never when completely dry. If the item has dried, dampen it with water from a spritzer bottle before ironing. To avoid damage, turn the item inside out and iron on the reverse side of the fabric on a cotton-covered ironing board. Use a low setting and don’t use steam, which can leave watermarks. Because many silk garments are hand sewn, take care not to apply pressure to the seams of the cheongsam.

Storage

For long-term storage, keep silk in a cotton pillowcase or other material that can breathe. Avoid plastic, which traps moisture and can cause yellowing and mildew. Silk, like other natural fibers, is a favorite with moths, so store cedar chips or balls with your silk to keep the bugs away.