Asian Costume Ideas

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Asian Costume Ideas
Ninja costumes can be made with just some black fabric and clothing. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Asia is an excellent source of unique ideas for creating costumes. Asia is the largest landmass on Earth, which means there is no lack of cultures and iconic figures from which to to draw inspiration. The only way to guarantee a truly unique costume is to make it at home, although many costume stores can mix and match costume pieces.

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Ninjas and Samurai

A ninja costume only requires black clothing and black fabric. A sash or a toy sword adds individuality and colour.

You can make a samurai costume out of silk clothes and painted cardboard armour. Adding a creative helmet or house symbol on the armour will make the costume stand out in a crowd.

Kung Fu Heroes

Chinese martial artists are recognisable characters. To create a Bruce Lee costume, you need just a pair of toy nunchucks, a black wig and a yellow track suit. The historically accurate kung fu outfits found in movies like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" are excellent places to look for inspiration. Footwear may be difficult to find, but a brightly coloured cloth wrapped tightly around a pair of house slippers makes an acceptable stand-in. Jewellery and accessories are easy to create and make the costume more interesting.

Religious Figures

To create a costume of a Buddhist monk, wear a simple, dark-coloured bathrobe cinched closed with a rope combined with a pair of sandals. Hindi holy men from India often wear colourful and intricate costumes that the creative costumier can design. The Taoist monks of China wear colourful outfits with distinctive jewellery and accompaniments that make them recognisable and interesting.

Japanese Pop Culture

Japanese animation and film is rife with colourful and distinctive images that translate well into costume ideas. Harajuku outfits can be assembled from bright pieces of mismatched clothing to create a cyber-goth-pop look that's uniquely Asian. Anime characters, like those in "Street Fighter" or "Sailor Moon," are popular costumes that can be made at home or purchased from many costume stores.

A sadako costume, the woman from the Japanese horror film "The Ring," is a simple example of a costume from Asian media, requiring only a long, black wig and a white gown to create.

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