With the wild internet age in full swing, it seems as though youth from around the world have all conformed to the same sort of style. The slouchy, laid back attire we see on our Canadian streets mimic the same attire of those in some parts of Asia, Europe and so on. Looking back a few decades ago, many people embraced their customs and traditions by wearing mostly ethnic clothing from their native land. Bright colours, metallic details and gold jewelry covered the streets of India and China as citizens embraced their ethnicity in the form of their wardrobe choices. According to travelchinaguide.com
[Asian attire] have been preserved for thousands of years till the time of the Republic of China (1912 – 1949AD), when Chinese Tunic Suit (Mao Suit) and cheongsam prevailed. Nowadays, however, most Chinese wear modern clothes in their daily lives, not much difference from their western counterparts. Traditional attires are only worn during certain festivals, ceremonies or religious occasions. However, they are often seen in Chinese television serials and movies. Many of the country’s ethnic minorities also wear their traditional costumes in their daily lives and they played an important role in the traditional Chinese clothing.
In most Asian countries you can really see the divide between the older, traditional garments vs. the young, evolved ones. Photographer Qozop who describes himself as “an artist who has caught a picture-making sickness” decided to highlight this style shift in his photo series entitled “Spring-Autumn”, featuring youth from around Asia swapping clothing with older, more traditional family members.
“It was easy to get the kids to agree to be photographed, the older folks required a little coaxing.” Qozop explains, “but once they have been photographed, they were often curious and amused to see themselves in their son’s or grandson’s attire – some were so comfortable in their new getup that they joked that they wanted to remain in that attire for the rest of the day!”
Not only are these pictures adorable on so many levels, but with a society that’s shifting towards one big mosaic of cultures- conforming to certain styles and popular customs, it’s nice to have a reminder of the little things that make each culture beautiful and unique.