Clothes Stand in Qing Dynasty
The wood clothes stand in Qing Dynasty generally stand seven chi (1 chi =0.33 meter) long, five chi high and two chi wide, ranking the biggest, heaviest and most massive ones in Chinese history.
A "clothing change" policy was implemented in the Qing Dynasty. Manchu clothing was promoted to prevail. Therefore the official clothes had evolved from the normad-style leather robe and battle robe. Manchu are northerners and Mongolian race with big build. The clothes they wore were big as well as heavy. As China boasts its silk in the world, the clothes of the people of big wealth or high position are made of silks and satins. The pure silk clothes cannot be folded or stressed after they have been shaped, let alone the official robe. This is just what people pursued to use large clothes stand at that time. Therefore, the splendor, grandeur and immensity of the coat hanger in the Qing Dynasty have become the feature of that period of time, making it different from other periods.
The clothes stand in the Qing Dynasty have another name of "court dress racks" mainly used for holding official clothes and generally located in the study and major bedroom. After the master comes back home, the first thing he does is to change his clothes, that is, to take off the heavy official clothes and change into ordinary clothes. The major beams on the coat hanger all resemble two flying Chinese dragons with head raised. Lying there in pride, they symbolize a promising future in the official affairs. Other decorations, such as "Fu", "Lu", "Shou" and flower patterns, further reflect their sense of value.
The making method for clothes stand in the Qing Dynasty is totally the same as that of furniture. It belongs to the category of furniture.
Collected from: Shanxi, Hebei, Henan, Shandong, etc.
Time span: Qing Dynasty, about 300 years' history.