Buddhism is a religion and philosophy from the teaching of Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who is referred to as the Buddha (meaning “Awakened” or “Enlightened One”. Buddhism is originated in Northern India in the 5th-century B.C.E, and it was spread to China. Buddhism became an important role in the cultural and social life of China. Buddhism then became a dominant religion in Asia, and the estimation of the population is 350 million, which is the fourth largest world’s religion.
Comment by Jadeine WHITESIDE: Don’t use Asai population try to find China’s population
Buddhism is divided into various traditions, and different regions have differences in Buddhist monks, practices, beliefs, ceremonies, and habits. However, most of them share common fundamental beliefs. Buddhism teaches people to be sincere and should not kill or harm living things. According to the teachings, each living thing experiences life many times, which is called reincarnation. It is believed that if people do something bad in life, he or she might be an insect or an animal in his or her next life.
If people are good and sincere, their souls will not have to return to the world anymore, the soul reaches a state of Nirvana, a state with no death or birth, or a state of liberation from suffering. Comment by Jadeine WHITESIDE: Introduction of duhuang here. Can you refer this area of teaching ceremonies etc to Dunhuang
Fashion today reflects Buddhism elements and murals. Thousand years old paintings in the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang (northwest China’s Gansu Province) influenced modern fashion today by combining the Dunhuang culture and mural elements into fashion.
Modern fashion styles can be traced back to the paintings in the caves. Like, murals about Tang Dynasty, there are bell-bottoms, which became popular in the 1970s, half sleeves that resemble the t-shirt that we wear today, and the records of foreign clothes of trousers that came from Persia resemble nowadays fashion. Moreover, the Buddhist monuments of sculptures, paintings, philosophical statement, and other art forms inspires Chinese designers like Vivienne Tam, Vivienne Hu, Renli Su, and Zheng Qing’er.
Buddhism is important in many ways from the early civilization, Buddhism has influenced and affected Chinese culture in a broad range of fields not only in terms of religion, but also literature, art, traditional customs, etc. it encourages people to improve people’s view on life, and the principle of “The Bad deeds, as well as good, may rebound upon the doer” is deeply rooted in their society. Chinese literatures like novels, lyrics, and art’s concept have close connection to Buddhist thoughts. The Chinese masterpieces such as “A Dream of Red Mansions” (Hong Lou Meng) and “Journey to the West” (Xi You Ji) are example of influence of Buddhism on Chinese writing. Comment by Jadeine WHITESIDE: Has it affected costume?Here you can write about how China till today has kept Dunhuang protected against foreigner etc.
It is likely said that there is not much connection between fashion and religion. However, incorporating Buddhism into fashion creates an interesting and outstanding look, as the religious element brings out the possibility of creativeness and rather produces a spiritual feeling that is presented beautifully. Comment by Jadeine WHITESIDE: you said in “outline of topic” there is a connection. So this needs to be re written
The concept of Buddhism is important, as fashion today draws inspiration from personal experiences and that translates the religious culture of Buddhism into contemporary fashion. Especially when the concept of philosophical statement and poetic idea run through the collection, it creates the outfits distinctive.
Through my research and understanding I plan to display Buddhist philosophical statement of reincarnation in my collections. The soul of mankind is transferred from a dying body into another living body. Death occurs first, then the soul leaves the body, the soul lingers, and at last the soul passes to the next living being, for example, a human eventually became butterfly through the molting cycle.