Clothes are often used to express oneself and represent one’s culture.
In Hui’an, a county in the Fujian province of China, women’s costumes are specially made of colorful and vibrant colors.
However, the special costumes often cause the women of Hui’an to be mistaken for ethnic minorities (少數民族), when they are, in fact, Han Chinese.
當地人Kang Fushun 表示，「一個惠安女子的服飾包括一頂錐形竹帽、一條闊腿褲、一條銀鍊腰帶、一個頭巾和一件背心」。
“A suit in Hui’an women’s costume mainly includes a conical bamboo hat, a pair of wide-leg pants, a silver chain belt, a piece of handkerchief, and a vest” local, Kang Fushun mentioned.
The colors and designs also have special uses and meanings.
當地其中一位女子Huang Yunhong 表示「頭巾通常是以鮮豔的顏色為主如大紅色、粉色、金黃色或其他較喜慶的顏色」。
“The kerchief is usually a bright color, such as red, pink, golden yellow, or other colors that denote luck and happiness,” Hui’an woman, Huang Yunhong said.
Li Qingrong, who makes the costumes, also explained that the pair of wide-leg pants are made so that they dry easily in the wind, as the fisherwomen often work on the beach where there is a fierce wind blowing water.
The vivid colors and practical designs date back 100 years, but there have also been changes made along the way.
Huang Yunhong 指出「在我奶奶那個時候穿的，他們的頭飾很繁雜，基本上需要花到兩到三小時的時間去梳妝。」
“Back in my grandmother’s days, the headwear was complicated, it normally took two or three hours to do the hair,” Huang noted.
雖然今日可能有些微的改變，但Kang Fushun 表示製造這些服飾依舊需要花很大的功夫。
Even though it may not take as long, Kang explained that creating the costumes still take a lot of work.
“Making a vest requires complex workmanship,” he said.
“It takes extra effort to make these costumes. For one piece of the vest, I need seven to eight days to finish it,” Li added.
Nevertheless, the hard work allows us the women of Hui’an to represent their culture through their clothes.