…continued from Beautiful Civilization: Chinese Clothing 錦繡華夏
Hence, traditional Chinese women adorned themselves from head to toe in various ornaments that swayed and shook easily; 花釵(literally flower hairpin, a type of Chinese hairpin), 步搖 (bu yao, literally walk and shake, a type of traditional hair ornament), 裙帶(sash to tie skirt), 長佩(jade ornament that tied to and let dangling from sash), altogether made her look like a standing bouquet of assorted flowers, any trace of breeze will cause the flowers and leaves to sway, allowing bystanders to perceive her sensitivity, daintiness and lithesomeness through the visual plane.
The founder of one of the best selling perfumes of all time in Chanel N°5, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, once said “a woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future”. This venerated fashion designer couldn’t be more exact than being verified in ancient Chinese clothing art and culture. Other than the ornaments that created “gentle waves that penetrate” mentioned above, Chinese people essentially dressed to the nines with complementary aroma all at one fell swoop. Men or women, the source of fragrance on the body must be manifold; gown/robe and skirt were scented in the sweet-smelting cage-like container known as 熏籠 (pronounced xun1 long2); a variety of aromatic ornaments were worn on the body and therefrom laid piles after piles, mutually enhancing, and compound type of fragrance.