Everything You Need to Know About the Qun Kua
Considering wearing a Qun Kua for your wedding? Maybe your parents have stressed to you how important it is to wear it, or maybe you just think the Qun Kua is pretty. To those not in the know, the Qun Kua is a traditional garment that is seen to be very meaningful, especially in Chinese culture. Wearing the Qun Kua is an incredibly symbollic gesture; it marks a new beginning in a woman’s life as she is now married off. It helps that wearing the Qun Kua is seen as an auspicious gesture that will bless the couple’s union.
A Qun Kua with dragon and phoenix embroidery used to be an exclusive garment for royalty, as elaborate embroidery was a symbol of a family’s wealth. It was hard for commoners to get their hands on them for their own wedding.
Nowadays, the design of the kua is up to each bride’s individual taste. While the craftmanship of the Qun Kua remains the same, the cutting of the traditional garment is starting to change to adapt to modern tastes. Scallop hems have become more popular among younger brides due to its youthful and lively look.
Modern kuas are also becoming a little more body fitting where it hugs at the waist to give the bride a more elegant and flattering appearance.
The density of the thread used to sew the motifs on a Qun Kua carry significance. The higher the density, the more elaborate the embroidery tends to be, which is why some Qun Kuas seem more silver or gold.
To maintain the density of the motifs, only one master is assigned to sew the Qun Kuas. The level of density is calculated by percentages, ranging from 30% to 98%. However at CCM Wedding, we only carry 65% density and upwards, as these Qun Kuas are of higher quality.
If you take a close look at the Qun Kua, you might be able to spot certain motifs being heavily featured in their design. Popular one include the dragon and phoenix, the mandarin ducks, bats, pomegranates and lotuses. Each motif carries a certain meaning and bestows the couple with a different blessing.
The dragon and phoenix represent perfect harmony between the new couple, while mandarin ducks, seeing as they mate for life, represent fidelity.
Bats evoke good fortune, as the word for bat in Mandarin Chinese sounds similar to good fortune. Having five of them symbolises longevity, wealth, health, virtue and love.
For those looking to start a family, look out for Qun Kuas with either a pomegranate or butterfly motif as these two bless the couple with fertility. Lotuses signifies purity and divine beauty.
What the groom should wear
For the enthusiatic groom, they can choose to match with the bride by wearing a male kua. As a more modern option, they can choose to wear a suit with a Mandarin collar.
How to wear the Qun Kua
On the eve of the wedding day, the bride’s family will host an intimate hair combing ceremony at their home, to symbolise the couple’s journey into adulthood.
During this ceremony, the bride wears a pair of new pyjamas which will later be worn under the Qun Kua. wash it before they wear the dye might run
For shoes, there are embroidered heels that are designed to match with the kua. Alternatively, closed toe shoes in a hue that match the Qun Kua will do as well.
How to wash and maintain your Qun Kua
The metallic gold thread of the Qun Kua is delicate, so you can’t wash it with water alongside your normal laundry. Qun Kuas should be dry cleaned instead to avoid damaging the embroidery.
Humidity is also not good for the Qun Kua. After your big day, Qun Kuas should be stored in a dry place and wrapped in nitrogen sheets to help it maintain its shape. With proper care, the garment will be able to last for generations.
Where to shop for Qun Kua
At CCM Wedding, we carry the highest quality of kuas for both brides and grooms, all at an affordable rate for couples on a budget. Book an appointment with us to see our selection of kuas.