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Chinese clothing dazzles Venice

China Daily | Updated: 2023-02-25 10:15
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Chinese and Italian volunteers dressed in hanfu in a parade at the Venice Carnival.  XINHUA

VENICE, Italy — Chinese traditional clothing made its debut at the Venice Carnival amid deepening cultural exchange between the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou and its sister city, Venice.

A total of 16 Chinese and Italian volunteers, wearing hanfu, an ancient clothing traditionally worn by ethnic Han Chinese, participated in a parade launched at the Piazza San Marco in the lagoon city center.

"This is the first time that Chinese traditional costumes have officially participated in the carnival," says Ma Xiaohui, a director at the Confucius Institute of Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

The clothing, directly transported from the Suzhou Silk Museum in Jiangsu province, was themed around the Han (206 BC-AD 220), Tang (618-907), Song (960-1279) and Ming (1368-1644) dynasties, effectively displaying Chinese culture and world-renowned Suzhou silk, Ma says.

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