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Hanfu reaction avaThese days, hanfu, the folk outfit of China, is in trend. A lot of Chinese young people started to wear traditional dress in public in day-to-day life. But will it change the attitude of ordinary people around them? And, in general, how do the Chinese usually react to youngsters wearing hanfu? Do they support or judge it? Here is a cool experiment – three volunteers put hanfu on and went out in the streets of Shanghai to see the reaction of locals. And some of the respondents’ answers might surprise you.

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jama avaIt’s not a secret that Indian folk garments are rather eye-catching. Lots and lots of gems, sequins, gold and silver embroidery, beads, jewels, etc. are used to make any clothing piece look festive and ornate. But there’s one rare and extremely unique embellishment – sequins made from beetle elytra. They change color beautifully and shine in the sun like no other. And they are absolutely organic. This time, we’ve prepared for you something really special. It is a 19th-century jama coat with green beetle elytra sequins. Amazing sight to behold!

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Embroidery avaIn the past, when most clothing pieces in Ukraine were handmade (woven, sewn, and decorated by hand), there was a comparatively little assortment of thread dyes available. The most popular were read&black colors of embroidery, but in some areas, people preferred white threads, indigo-dyed threads, or colorful patterns (yellow, brown, green, blue, orange, etc.). If a 17th-18th-century woman saw modern mouline threads with hundreds of colors and shades, they would be wonderstruck.

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Accessories avaEvery historical era has its own typical accessories: bags, shoes, belts, scarves, jewels, etc. And female accessories are especially nice and pretty – from practically any period. It’s always interesting to look at such various pieces and compare them with the accessories we use today. So, let’s see cute women’s paraphernalia from Europe, the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century. They are rather elegant and sophisticated items.

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Chinese hairpiece avaThe Chinese always estimated their beautiful thick and strong hair. In ancient times, women would never cut their hair short unless it’s the only means to survive. And during many Chinese ruling dynasties, fashion dictated that large hairstyles and ornate headdresses were worn. Many of these hairdos needed false hair inserts and various hairpins to hold everything in place. So, where did they get the wigs and hairpieces if no one was selling their own hair?

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Tools avaWe’ve already published lots of photos of vintage spinning & weaving tools (Vintage wooden spinning and weaving tools, Old Ukrainian spinning and weaving tools. 5,000-year-old loom, etc.), but there’s never enough because every piece is handmade, thus unique and special. This collection of female craft tools (usually, women did the spinning, weaving, embroidering, etc.) is exhibited in Reshetylivka museum, Poltava region of Ukraine. They are wooden, they are hand-produced, and they are worn – remember that they’re at least 100 years old.

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riding habit avaIn the 19th century, women often rode on horseback, obviously, because there were no cars at the time. And noblewomen had to use a side saddle – that’s when you sit lowering both legs on the same side of a horse. There is a special saddle for that, which we will show you at the end of this article. But also, a lady had to wear a special riding outfit in the 1800s for a saddle ride or hunt. This costume had to be comfy – to avoid bruising and hurting the body – but also elegant and good-looking. Particularly, there was a special riding corset and a skirt of a special design.

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Trade era avaWe’ve already published an article about Cherokee folk clothes from the early historical period (until 1650). This is the next material of a series and it will tell you about the traditional Cherokee dress during the so-called Trade Era (1650-1800). How did local garments change and why? What outfits remained the same? And was Cherokee-European partnership good for the Native American Indians at this stage? Also, let’s see the traditional Cherokee hairstyles, jewels, tattoos, and other body adornments.

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Mandarin collar avaModern Chinese folk clothing usually has a standing collar or so-called “Mandarin collar”. But this style wasn’t always present in China’s national costume. For centuries, the Chinese wore outfits with crossed collars, which transformed into standing collars with time. How and when did it happen? And what are the difficulties of wearing such a collar? – you won’t believe it, but there are some! Read about it below. Also, there’s a fine tutorial on Ming dynasty lady’s costume wearing.

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Western avaThe national clothing of Ukraine can be so ornate and beautiful that foreigners find themselves captivated or even taken aback by the view. We’ve prepared for our readers a number of photos which show Ukrainian folk dress in detail – headdresses, embroidery patterns, accessories, jewels, etc. The costumes are from western (Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi) and central (Poltava) regions of the country. Let’s admire these showpieces together.

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Dress avaThis outfit is a very sophisticated traveling attire in German style. Well, most of the 1700s lady’s and gentleman’s costumes were rather noble-looking. But this clothing set is really special. It is called “Brunswick” or “Brunswick gown” in England and was introduced to British fashionistas by Princess Augusta. Just look at this hood – roomy but not oversized. Also, every part of the outfit is practical and comfy for traveling or walking outdoors.

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Spin weave avaThe traditional spinning and weaving tools are similar around the world: weaving looms, spinning wheels, spindles, combs, flying shuttles, etc. But because these items are handmade, each and every one of them is unique and original. Some of these tools are roughly and crudely made, others are delicate and decorated with intricately carved patterns. Here are images of vintage – appr. 100-year-old – spinning and weaving tools from Ukraine. Really charming stuff!

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UAE avaThere are many speculations about Emirati traditional clothing these days. In particular, about local women wearing hijabs, special burqa masks, and other headwear that covers the face. But actually, there is a good reason for such accessories, just as for some of the men’s clothing articles. For instance, do you know the second functional reason to use an agal, special cord that holds the male headscarf in place? It is exciting how every part of Emirati national costume has its purpose and cultural background.

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Cherokee avaDifferent neighboring Native American tribes had, for the most part, similar traditional costumes until the mid-17th century. That’s because local people dressed to the climate – it wasn't a fashion statement at all. But, of course, various ethnic groups had their individual peculiarities in clothing. Let’s learn a bit about the aboriginal dress of Cherokee tribe before 1650. We don’t have that much information from this period because lots of Native American Indians were exterminated, along with their traditions, beliefs, handicrafts, etc. But still, their ancestors study what they can about their national outfits.