Taizhou mummy avaThis exceptional mummy from China accidentally found by road workers is unique because there are very few mummies around the world preserved as well as this one. She was a high-status Chinese woman and, according to her attire, lived during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Among the most impressive items of the mummy’s apparel are a set of shoes with upturned toes, a large jade ring, and original silk clothes (while silk seldomly survives burial, as it is a very fragile fabric).

Telpek avaA gorgeous sheepskin hat called “telpek” is very popular in Turkmenistan even today. It is a folk accessory worn by men with their traditional apparel and a symbol of masculinity and pride. Turkmen males wear a telpek not only for warmth but also to honor the tradition. This shaggy, warm, and surprisingly light headdress is a highly valued and cared about accessory. Actually, few folk accessories around the planet have the same level of respect. What else do we know about Turkmen telpek hats?

Luke and Agaphia avaA lot of people these days study their family trees and research ancestors. It’s fascinating how much we can find out about ourselves by learning our roots. But do you know what is even more exciting? To share our finds with other people. And this is exactly what we’re offering you to do. Take part in a new project Your Wedding Story of our partner website Weddingsallovertheworld.com. Send them your own marriage story or a love story of your ancestors and you will see it published for the world to see.

winter wear avaIt’s snowy and frosty outside – at least in my native land – and people cuddle in their warm winter clothing. Everybody wants a little warmth and coziness, so why don’t we combine this desire with our love for elegant vintage garments from the 19th century? Here is a selection of wonderful 19th-century winter wear from a museum collection. Just imagine beautiful ladies and their little daughters walking down the street cuddling in these lovely winter coats and mantles!

The Borgias avaThe Borgias is a historical-fiction drama TV series that was on the screens in 2011-2013. And don’t mind this show being 10 years old – it’s still spectacular, especially regarding the movie costumes. But, as usual with modern near historical films, the apparel of the characters isn’t fully period-accurate. Let’s look at The Borgias underwear pieces in this post and find out if they’re the real deal or badly made modern stylizations.

Bash orau avaThe headwear called “bash” or “bash orau” was the traditional Uzbek piece of clothing that occurred only in one particular region of Uzbekistan. And this unique turban could tell a lot about its owner – her approximate age, financial status, region and area of origin, etc. But also, it had some strictly practical functions. All this makes the bash turban a very interesting and original Uzbek headdress.

Lads1 avaSince at least the Iron Age (1200-600 B.C.) and until today, men use one distinctive accessory – a shoulder belt called “baldric”. Most often, this sash was used to carry weapons – it’s probably the best and most convenient way to carry a heavy sword. But a baldric can also serve as a ceremonial belt, it helps to carry musical instruments, like a drum, or is a very simple ancient alternative to a military outdoor tactical vest. This functional and sometimes really ornate belt can be seen on men of different professions and from different periods of time.

Shadow And Bone avaThe American fantasy TV series Shadow And Bone can boast possibly the most beautifully embroidered and colorful movie outfits worn by the characters. There are curious military clothes, noble and royal 19th-century style garments, steampunk-style apparel, outfits inspired by traditional attire, and so on. You’ll find numerous catchy and hidden details in these stage costumes, so let’s dive right into the analysis of Shadow And Bone show clothing.

jeweler workshop avaModern jewelers are so lucky because they have a wide variety of high precision tools and professional instruments they can use in their workshops. But what did jewelers have 15 centuries ago? How crude their tools and techniques were? And just imagine, despite all that, the ancient jewelry pieces we find in museums look gorgeous and intricate. They’re not some crude lumps of metal – they’re masterpieces, artfully designed and created. Look what kind of jewels could 6th-century jewelers produce with only a simple forge and basic tools.

Turkmen costume avaTurkmenistan is a Central Asian country, and its culture and clothing traditions are according to the local tastes and beliefs. There are many common features between a Turkmen folk dress and the neighboring nations. For example, large sheepskin and karakul hats worn by men. But many characteristic elements of Turkmen traditional attire are truly and wonderfully unique. Let’s find out what typical garments do men and women wear in Turkmenistan, how they adorn themselves for festive occasions, and how to distinguish Turkmen traditional clothing from other folk garments around the world.

15century trends ava15Th-century fashion was beautiful and very decorative. A number of curious clothing trends characterize this period and make it unique. Like insanely expensive or rather inconvenient sleeves on both male and female clothes, festoon edges on outer garments and headdresses, first one-piece men’s hose, and other exciting features we find in 15th-century outfits. This particular period is favored by many historical reenactors, so we’ve gathered several typical fashion trends that will help you better understand the clothing traditions and features of this era.

Egyptian Couple avaThere are many museums in Egypt that display artifacts connected to Ancient Egypt and its culture. Of course, it doesn’t matter that Egypt is limited to only this period, but the Ancient Egypt heritage is huge. That’s why most of the folk museums listed in this post have a connection to it. But Egyptian clothing traditions are more than just pharaoh outfits, so if you’re going to visit Egypt and want to see the local national clothing, jewelry, and folk crafts, here is a list of Egyptian folk museums for you. Make your vacation more diverse and useful.

Dukach4 avaIf you’re writing a school paper or homework assignment about the traditional jewels of a certain country or period in history, this post can come in handy for you. Folk jewels, ancient jewelry pieces from museums, archaeological finds of jewellery, centuries-old traditions of making and wearing costly adornments, and many more curious topics. We’ve gathered here all of our articles on the topic of traditional jewelry and specified whether you have permission to use the photos or not. Doing your homework is easy when you have enough info to work with.

Maronite mummies avaIn the National Museum of Beirut, 8 mummies are displayed together with outstanding clothing they wore to the grave. These people – adults and kids, the youngest is only 4 months old – were dressed in beautiful embroidered dresses when buried. And the garments are so well-preserved that you could even determine the needlework patterns on them and recreate the dresses if you wanted. That’s amazing how much this clothing is similar to modern folk costumes and traditional embroidered dresses.