The Cheongsam came from the Manchus who grew out of ancient Nuzhen tribes.
In the early 17th century, Nurhachi, a great political and military strategist, unified the various Nuzhen tribes and set up the Eight Banners System.
Over the years, a collarless, tube－shaped gown was developed, which was worn by both men and women. That is the embryo of the Qipao.
The dress is called Qipao in Chinese or translated as “banner gown”, for it came from the people who lived under the Banner System.