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Hobbyist group replicates ancient armor in Ganzhou

MEMBERS of the “Qianzhou Armament Department” share a common goal: to replicate ancient Chinese armor with their own hands.

In 2018, the hobbyist group was founded by a bunch of local armament fans and was named after its city of origin, Ganzhou in east China’s Jiangxi Province, which was known historically as Qianzhou.

One of the group’s proudest pieces of work has been a suit of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) armor, which took members three months to replicate.

To make their replicas as precise as possible, “Qianzhou Armament Department” members not only browsed a sea of archives and visited museums to study armor structures, but carried out detailed research into ancient Chinese garments, hairstyles and etiquette.

“Every detail on this Ming armor replica comes from our own research,” said Xiao Qiu, the group’s founder. “Altogether, it cost us more than 6,000 yuan (US$845).”

The group’s passion for ancient Chinese armor has been welcomed by other hobbyists in the circle. Some have shown support by giving handmade armor replicas as gifts.

“Our love for armor is rooted in a love for traditional Chinese culture,” said Xiao Qiu. “And there are still more in the classics to be discovered.”




 

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