Fancy a Tang dynasty hairpiece? Sorry, it's out of stock

October 08, 2014 14:30
Ancient Chinese ladies (left) loved the hairstyle. You would, if you fancy getting this drop-horse knot (tight) for your neck or your head. Picture: National Palace Museum

You could go back more than a thousand years without wasting a second.

That's the idea behind an ancient Chinese women's hairstyle that's trending on social media after Taiwan's National Palace Museum (NPM) launched a souvenir set inspired by the drop-horse knot from the Tang dynasty.

The hairpiece comes as a neck pillow that can also be worn as a wig. With the right ensemble, you could cosplay a Tang lady and look imperial in every way.

A poster of the hairstyle has been shared more than 1,000 times on Facebook and more than 11, 000 times on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.

No wonder NPM is out of stock, but if you're lucky to grab one from its online store, it will set you back NT$680 (US$22.35).

The origin of the hairstyle is believed to go back to the Han dynasty (202 B.C.-220 B.C) when it was much loved by married women.

Because ancient Chinese people liked the hair knot which made long hair spread out as if something falling from a horse (don't ask us how), they called it drop-horse knot.

NPM has been promoting Chinese culture with innovative and sometimes humorous souvenirs.

In July 2013, people rushed to buy a paper tape printed with calligraphy by Qing emperor Kangxi. Sales topped those of any NPM souvenir in 2013, hauling in NT$38 million for the museum.

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EJ Insight reporter