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The wedding longpao for a woman of Manchu nationality is modelled on men's court and official garments, though the colour of its background is different. In China, red was one of the five fundamental symbolic colors, wich also included white, green-blue, yellow and black. Each of them referred to the Five Elements which create the universe as well as to the cardinal directions and seasons. Red symbolised the fire, pointed to the south and simultaneously epitomised the summer. Above all, however, it expressed happiness and prosperity. According to tradition, red robes were worn while celebrating the most important private events such as weddings, birth of a child or birthdays. The festive nature of the presented longpao is also emphasized by the embriodered motifs of cranes and bats.
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